Brisk with lingering light snow and patchy blowing snow tonight; Subzero temps in northern MN Thu. AM; Another minor snow event on the way Thursday night-early Friday AM with arctic air to follow; Snowfall reports from Jan. 24-25

5:41 PM Wednesday, January 25, 2023

One nuisance snow event wraps up tonight with a brief break in the snow during the day Thursday before another fast-moving clipper system brings some more snow to the Northland from about mid-evening Thursday into early Friday morning, but after that we’re looking at a mostly dry pattern in the Northland as arctic air takes over this weekend through much of next week.

Note — Snowfall this month has been running very close to average in Duluth with 14 inches of snow thru 4 PM on the 25th which is +0.2 inches above normal to date.

Snowfall Reports from January 24-25, 2023
Source: NWS Duluth, Minnesota

3 N Shaw, MN: 3.0″
5 NE Silver Bay, MN: 2.6″
3 E Grand Marais, MN: 2.5″
3 WSW Lutsen, MN: 2.3″
3 NNW Mahtowa, MN: 2.2″
1 E Ironton, MN: 1.8″
4 NNE Floodwood, MN: 1.7″
7 W Hovland, MN: 1.7″
9 ESE Sawbill Lake, MN: 1.5″
1 SW Brainerd, MN: 1.5″
Duluth, MN: 1.2″ (official total at the NWS thru 2 PM Wed.)
6 ENE Deer River, MN: 1.2″
1 WNW Solon Springs, WI: 1.1″
4 N Amnicon Falls State Park, WI: 1.0″
2 SSE Hawthorne, WI: 1.0″
8 ENE Cook, MN: 1.0″
1 NW Chisholm, MN: 1.0″
2 NE Cloquet, MN: 1.0″

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Light snow continues for much of the night in northwest Wisconsin while light snow comes to an end this evening in northeast and eastern Minnesota including in Duluth.

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

Additional snowfall accumulations thru 6 AM Thursday.

For Duluth — Less than an inch of additional snow.

Thursday night Clipper

For Duluth — Snow begins Thursday night between 10 PM and Midnight. Snow ends Friday morning between 6 and 8 AM. Total snowfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches.

18z NAM 3km model radar forecast valid 6 PM Thursday to 12 PM Friday.

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This is incredible — 70% of days so far this winter (Dec. 1 – Jan. 25) have had an above average temperature in Duluth compared to only 30% of days with a below average temperature.

*29 consecutive days with an above average temperature in Duluth (Dec. 28 – Jan. 25) this streak might come to an end on Thursday.

*December 27th is the last time Duluth had a below average temperature.

The big story this month has been the lack of arctic air masses impacting the Northland, but this will be changing over the next several days with a brief shot of colder temperatures on the way Thursday which will be followed by a more persistent stretch of arctic air this weekend into next week.

Average monthly temperature and departure from normal for January 2023 (thru the 24th)

Note — The colder temperatures for the rest of this month will eat away at least somewhat on these huge temperature anomalies we’ve built up this month, so it’s unlikely will be setting any new records for warmest January, but a top 10 warmest January is still in play due to how far above average we are going into this colder pattern that will be seeing the last few days of this month.

Ashland, WI: 24.3 F, +10.1 degrees above normal
Duluth, MN: 22.3 F, +11.1 degrees above normal
Brainerd, MN: 20.6 F, +10.0 degrees above normal
Hibbing, MN: 18.9 F, +12.5 degrees above normal
International Falls, MN: 18.6 F, +13.8 degrees above normal

Subzero temperatures are likely across northern Minnesota tonight which will be the first subzero temperatures since earlier this month.

Looks like will stay above zero in Duluth tonight so will likely have to wait until Saturday morning for the first subzero temperature this month.

Thanks for reading!

Tim

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