Cold & Below Average Temperatures
You aren’t mistaken that the cold air arrived earlier this year compared to the last two years. Just looking at last year, temperatures reached 70 degrees with mostly sunny skies. Temperatures today (Monday, Nov 6th) at Duluth International Airport reached only 30 degrees. This was 40 degrees cooler than last year. On top of the cold weather, it has been quite a snowy ending to autumn so far. Snowfall stats place Duluth as the 4th snowiest start towards the winter season on record. Data goes back to the 1870s.
Temperatures over the last 2 weeks have been well below average as well. Averages across the Northern Plains and the Midwest have been as much as 5 degrees below normal. It is the 20th coldest two week period on record for Duluth.
We do not have any warm-up in the future at least for this week. More surges of cold air will keep the area under the tight grasp of “Old Man Winter”. There is some light at the end of the tunnel though and we look to warm up to near to slightly above average temperatures next week which should be in the upper 30s and lower 40s.
In terms of any snowfall. We have two rounds of snow. The first one will be on Wednesday afternoon where a dusting to an inch of snow will accumulate. The next chance of snow will be on Saturday which will accumulate to another dusting to an inch.
-Chief Meteorologist Gino Recchia