Snow ends tonight; Above Normal Temperatures continue into the middle of next week

5:31 PM Thursday, January 19, 2023

It’s been a snowy January day in parts of the Northland as an area of low pressure passes ENE across the central/southern Great Lakes today.

Highest snow totals in the Northland have been over parts of northwest Wisconsin with reports of 8 to 10 inches of snow today in the Washburn and Ashland area, while lower amounts of snow have been common farther to the west with snow totals generally in the 2-to-4-inch range today.

Snow that fell last night and today has been on the wet side once again due to the mild temperatures in place. The snowfall ratio at Duluth today was only 7:1, so once again quite a bit of water in today’s snowfall.

Snowfall Reports from January 19, 2023
Source: National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Note — Totals below are thru 4 PM Thursday

2 WSW Washburn, WI: 10.5″
Washburn, WI: 9.0″
4 SSW Ashland, WI: 8.0″
Ashland, WI: 7.3″
Gile, WI: 5.5″
1 SSW Duluth, MN: 4.0″
1 W Superior, WI: 3.5″
2 NW Duluth, MN: 3.0″
1 N Cloquet, MN: 2.5″
Duluth, MN: 2.4″ (Official total at the NWS thru 4 PM)
1 NE Duluth, MN: 2.0″
3 N Amnicon Falls State Park, WI: 1.6″

Additional Snowfall Accumulations for tonight.

Looking at an inch or less of additional snow in Duluth tonight, with another 2 to 5 inches of snow along the South Shore of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin.

Note — Snow should end in Duluth this evening between 7 and 9 PM.


Surface analysis from late Thursday afternoon.

An Enhanced and Slight Risk for severe thunderstorms covered Ohio today which is pretty rare to see this far north in January.

A broad mid/upper-level trough over the Great Lakes will continue to move off to the ENE tonight, and as this system pulls away will see the snow come to an end in the Northland tonight.

This is pretty cool!

MRMS 3D radar image from Wednesday evening showing how large this system was with snow (blue) to the NW of the low, with rain (green) and scattered thunderstorms in the warmer air south/east of the low, and that low was over Missouri last evening.


A look at today’s storm on Goes-16 infrared satellite imagery from Thursday, January 19, 2023.

Water vapor loop from Thursday, January 19, 2023.


Snow comes to an end tonight, first in northeast and eastern Minnesota early to mid-evening, and then toward late this evening in northwest Wisconsin, however some lake effect snow will persist most of the night along the South Shore of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin.

18z NAM 3km model radar forecast through 6 AM Friday.

Still nothing arctic when it comes to the temperatures in our area for the next several days, with highs on Friday mostly in the low to mid 20s.

No signs of any subzero temperatures in the Northland until possibly late next week (after January 25)

Thanks for reading!


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