This latest batch of arctic air will be very similar to previous ones we’ve had this winter. It’ll be cold and well below normal when compared to what our normal highs and lows are in early February, but we won’t be setting any new record low temperatures since the record lows for the next few days were set during the epic cold snap in early February 1996 which featured low temps in the -40s and -50s in parts of the Northland.
*Lows in the Northland will range from around 5 below to 20 below zero tonight, with even colder temps likely for Wednesday night with lows of around 15 below to 35 below zero.
*Highs for Wednesday and Thursday will be in the single digits below to single digits above zero.
*Will see temperatures moderate a bit this weekend and we may also see a little snow as well, with the first chance coming on Friday, and another chance on Saturday. These will be NW flow clipper systems so don’t expect much snow from either system.
Wind Chill Advisory is in effect from 9 PM this evening to Noon Wednesday for all of northeast, east central and northern Minnesota (light blue area on map) Wind chills as low as 35 below zero.
Frigid wind chills are likely through Friday morning with additional wind chill headlines likely for Wednesday night and again for Thursday night.
HRRR model wind chill forecast thru 12 PM Thursday.
A windy day in the Northland
Peak Wind Gusts from February 1, 2022
Duluth, MN: 46 mph
Ashland, WI: 45 mph
International Falls, MN: 45 mph
Brainerd, MN: 42 mph
Hibbing, MN: 37 mph
Last week it was a powerful Nor’easter which impacted parts of the northeast U.S., fast forward to this week and will be seeing another massive winter storm this time impacting areas from the southern and central Plains to the Ohio Valley and Eastern Great Lakes with heavy snow for some and a major ice storm for others.
Lots of warmth today out ahead of an approaching winter storm.
Widespread winter weather alerts in effect through Thursday.
Two rounds of high impact winter weather precipitation are likely through Thursday stretching from the Southern Plains to the northeast U.S.
Snow in blue
Icy mix in pink/purple
NWS snowfall forecast — As much as 16″ of snow possible in some areas.
NWS ice accumulation forecast — Big time ice storm on the way with accumulations possibly reaching 1/2″ or more!