An active clipper pattern returns but no major winter storms expected at least through much of next week; More shots of arctic air likely into next week

3:57 PM Thursday, January 20, 2022

At least three clipper systems through early next week – See timing below.

1: Late Friday afternoon-early Saturday morning
2: Saturday evening
3: Sunday evening-Monday morning

The greatest chances for some accumulating snow in the Northland will be with the system late Friday afternoon-early Saturday morning, and with the one Sunday evening-Monday morning. The system for Saturday evening takes a more southerly route and may miss the majority of the Northland the way it looks now.



Friday morning looks dry in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

Snow is forecast to spread NW-SE across the area Friday afternoon-early Friday evening, reaching western portions of the area between 1 PM-4 PM Friday, and reaching northwest Wisconsin mainly after 6 PM Friday.

Snow diminishes from W-E later Friday evening into early Saturday morning.

For Duluth — Snow begins around 4 PM-6 PM Friday and tapers off around 11 PM-1 AM Friday night/Saturday morning. Total snowfall accumulations up to 2 inches.

18z NAM 3km model simulated radar forecast valid Noon Friday to Noon Saturday (snow in blue colors)

Here’s my snowfall forecast for Friday’s event — Looking like a general 1-to-2-inch snowfall for much of the Northland based on forecast precipitation totals and snowfall ratios per model guidance. This should be a fluffy snow with ratios possibly >17:1.

  • 18 nights so far this winter with a subzero low temperature in Duluth (average for a winter season Dec-Feb is 32 subzero nights).
  • Lowest temperature so far this winter in Duluth is -23F on January 1st.

Low Temperature reports from Thursday morning, January 20, 2022

Effie, MN: -34F
Crane Lake, MN: -33F
Bigfork, MN: -31F
Littlefork, MN: -31F
Ash Lake, MN: -31F
Seagull Lake, MN: -31F
Cook, MN: -29F
Ely, MN: -28F
International Falls, MN: -28F
Chisholm-Hibbing Airport: -28F
Deer River, MN: -27F
Eveleth, MN: -27F
Hill City, MN: -27F
Orr, MN: -27F
Longville, MN: -27F
Moose Lake, MN: -27F
Aitkin, MN: -26F
Breezy Point, MN: -25F
Isabella, MN: -24F
Twig, MN: -24F
Barnes, WI: -23F
Brainerd, MN: -23F
Grand Rapids, MN: -23F
Saginaw, MN: -22F
Webb Lake, WI: -22F
Minong, WI: -21F
2.8 NE Oliver, WI: -21F
Grand Marais Airport: -20F
Cloquet, MN: -20F
Pine River, MN: -20F
Hermantown, MN: -19F
South Range, WI: -19F
Danbury, WI: -19F
Duluth Airport: -19F
Hayward, WI: -19F
Spooner, WI: -19F
Two Harbors, MN: -18F
Walker, MN: -18F
Esko, MN: -18F
Cable, WI: -18F
Hinckley, MN: -18F
McGregor, MN: -18F
Solon Springs, WI: -18F
Siren, WI: -18F
Superior Airport: -18F
Duluth Sky Harbor Airport: -17F
Ashland, WI: -16F
Washburn, WI: -16F


Another very cold night ahead with lows ranging from the teens below to 20s below zero in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY is in effect from 7 PM this evening to 10 AM Friday for all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Impacts — Wind chills as low as 30 below zero.

Temperatures trend milder (closer to average) Friday with highs in the teens to around 20 in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

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