6:03 PM Saturday, March 18, 2023
The next few days will be dry in the Northland, but another system is forecast to move across the area late Tuesday into Wednesday bringing some snow or a rain/snow mix to northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Significant snow amounts are not expected at this time, but the chances for getting a few inches of snow are increasing in much of the Northland for the middle of next week. Note — If this system continues to show up on the computer models tonight and tomorrow, then I’ll have a snowfall forecast out sometime tomorrow for this midweek system.
48-Hour Snowfall Reports through Saturday afternoon, March 18, 2023
Source: National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota
Gile, WI: 22.8 inches
3 SW Bayfield, WI: 14.1 inches
5 NNW Delta, WI: 11.7 inches
1 N Washburn, WI: 10.7 inches
7 NW Grand Marais, MN: 9.0 inches
1 WSW Maple, WI: 8.7 inches
4 WNW Red Cliff, WI: 8.3 inches
3 E Sand Bay, WI: 6.9 inches
3 WNW Hovland, MN: 6.6 inches
4 NNE Grand Marais, MN: 6.5 inches
1 WNW Ashland, WI: 5.8 inches
4 W Grand Marais, MN: 4.0 inches
Another cold night ahead with lows ranging from around zero to 10 above in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin but I wouldn’t be shocked if we do see a few subzero temps in the typical cold spots in our area tonight.
Temperatures will be warmer on Sunday with highs in the mid 30s to around 40 which is where we should be in mid-March.
The line between snow cover and no snow cover is over far southern Minnesota (pink line on map)
Snow depth of 0″ at Rochester, MN today, while La Crosse, WI reported a trace of snow on the ground, but as you go farther north the snow depth increases with 5 inches of snow on the ground in the Twin Cities to 18 inches at St. Cloud, 23 inches at International Falls to 35 inches at Duluth.
Snow cover (green)
Snow depths of 30 to as much as 50 inches near Lake Superior (light and dark green areas on map)
122 inches of snow so far this season in Duluth, this is +46.2 inches above average to date and is 161% of normal snowfall through March 18th.
The seasonal snowfall total for 2022-23 of 122 inches in Duluth makes this the 6th snowiest season on record so far with still some time left to break the record of 135.4 inches set in 1995-96. Note — Duluth averages 9.1 inches of snow in April and 0.8 inches of snow in May.
March 2023 currently ranks as the 7th snowiest March on record in Duluth with 28.7 inches of snow so far this month. There is a chance we could move into the top 5 for highest snowfall total during the month of March by the end of next week, but I have my doubts will be able to break the March snowfall record of 48.2 inches which was set in 1917.
A look at snowfall totals so far this season.