Frigid through Wednesday morning; Windy with a little snow possible Wednesday evening/night more cold air to follow

4:54 PM Monday, January 24, 2022

Another round of bitterly cold temperatures along with frigid wind chills will affect the Northland through Wednesday morning, this will be followed by a brief warmup Wednesday afternoon/night, but a gusty S-SW wind (15-30 mph) will likely accompany these warmer temps. More cold air is likely late this week into this weekend with subzero low temperatures likely.

  • Lows tonight and Tuesday night will be in the teens and 20s below zero with 30s below possible in the typical cold spots.
  • High temperatures Tuesday will only be in the single digits below zero.
  • Temperatures do modify on Wednesday, but the warmest part of that day likely won’t be until Wednesday evening (after sunset) this is when we may see temperatures climb into the 20s!
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Wind Chill Warnings and Advisories are in effect for all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin through Noon Tuesday and will likely see another round of wind chill headlines issued for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Wind chills of -25 to -45 degrees tonight into early Tuesday afternoon, and again for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

HRRR model wind chill forecast thru Noon Wednesday.

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It’s been a very cold January across much of the upper Midwest.

Average monthly temperatures in the Northland are running 5 to 7 degrees colder than normal this month thru the 23rd.

Note: 16 subzero nights so far this month at Duluth, Minnesota. Average in January is 14 subzero nights. Will likely reach 20 subzero nights by the end of this month as we have more arctic air ahead this week. The record for most subzero nights in Duluth in January occurred in 1982 and 1929, both had 27 subzero nights.

Average Monthly Temperatures and their Departure from Normal for January 2022 (thru the 23rd)

International Falls, MN: -2.5F (-7.3 degrees below average)
Hibbing, MN: -1.0F (-7.5 degrees below average)
Duluth, MN: 4.5F (-6.7 degrees below average)
Brainerd, MN: 4.5F (-6.1 degrees below average)
Ashland, WI: 8.7F (-5.5 degrees below average)

Another clipper brought a round of very fluffy snow to much of the Northland Sunday evening into early Monday morning.

Note: The snowfall ratio in Duluth with last night’s clipper was 55:1! 0.02″ of liquid precipitation fluffed up to 1.1″ of snow at the Airport. Incredible stuff! Our normal snowfall ratio in Duluth is around 14:1.

Snowfall Reports from around the Northland from January 23-24, 2022

10.6 WNW Spooner, WI: 3.5″
1.2 W Solon Springs WI: 2.7″
9.2 NNE Hayward, WI: 2.5″
6.8 ENE Sarona, WI: 2.5″
4 SE Danbury, WI: 2.3″
1.1 W Webb Lake, WI: 2.2″
Wrenshall, MN: 2.1″
3.4 ENE Cloquet, MN: 2.0″
7.9 SW Duluth, MN: 2.0″
7 N McGregor, MN: 1.9″
Moose Lake, MN: 1.5″
6.1 N Grand Rapids, MN: 1.5″
Butternut, WI: 1.5″
7 ESE Sturgeon Lake, MN: 1.4″
Cass Lake, MN: 1.2″
4.3 W Superior, WI: 1.2″
Duluth, MN (Airport) 1.1″
4 W Clam Lake, WI: 1.1″
Brainerd, MN: 1.0″
3 E Payne, MN: 1.0″
International Falls, MN: 0.4″

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A dusting of snow is possible in the Northland Wednesday night as a low-pressure system with its warm front and cold front pass through the area. Doesn’t look like will get much snow out of this system with accumulations of <1″ the way it looks now.

Not a whole lot of additional snow is expected for the rest of January, but looking further out reveals a pattern that may turn a little snowier during the first week of February.

Here’s the Euro ensemble model probability forecast of snowfall greater than 3 inches for the middle to end of next week (February 2-4)

Thanks for reading!

Tim

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