A large pattern shift is expected to develop this week putting an end to the cold temperatures for the second half of January. Since the end of the work week, temperatures have been continuously rising each day and today was no different. A lot of Northland communities reached the lower 30s some above freezing. Southwest winds and sunny skies helped warm these temperatures to 10 degrees above our normal highs for this time of the year.

An ongoing winter storm over the Central Plains will begin to move northward in the next 48 hours. This will bring some cloud cover tomorrow night and also a chance of some wintry mix in Northwest Wisconsin. Before then, skies should start mostly sunny with temperatures once again in the upper 20s and lower 30s. With a predicted temperature of 33 degrees tomorrow, if Duluth does reach above the freezing mark, it would be the first time since December 26th.

Temperatures will continue to warm and stay mild all week with temperatures in the lower to mid 30s with partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies. We will not see any major storm systems until the weekend where a wintry mix is possible. It is currently looking to be more of an all rain event at this time with possibly a wintry mix along the tip of the Arrowhead.

There is another storm that is possible next week in the middle of the work week. We have a lot of time for this to change but that would be our next chance of perhaps some snowfall. Temperatures will remain above average until February. There are some signs of cold air returning to the United States.

- Meteorologist Gino Recchia