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Severe Storms Produce A Tornado & Knock Down Trees

After A Hot & Humid Day, Severe Thunderstorms Tore Through The Northland

BRUCE, Wisc. — A confirmed tornado touched down in Bruce, WI Monday night at 7:15. No damage has been reported yet, the NWS will be out there surveying the area Tuesday. As Severe Thunderstorms rolled across the Northland, many trees were knocked down in the strong winds that gusted up to 52mph. Several large poplar trees were uprooted in Marcell,…

DULUTH, Minn. –  Severe weather is likely to break out across parts of the Northland this afternoon and evening. A “Severe Thunderstorm Watch” covers Aitkin, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis in Minnesota and Burnett, Douglas and Washburn counties in Wisconsin until 8 p.m. Large hail, damaging winds, heavy downpours, and cloud-to-ground lightning are likely with any storms that…

Winter Update After Record February Snow

Heading into the Record Book for Cold, Too!

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2018-2019 winter season got off to a quiet start with snowfall, but that all changed in February. A record 36.4″ of snow fell in Duluth making February 2019 the snowiest February on record.  It beat the record that was set 80 years ago back in 1939 at 33.9″. Let’s put this into perspective. At the beginning…

Moderate to Heavy Snow Heading to the Northland

Increasing Winds With Whiteout Conditions

DULUTH, Minn. – After a quiet, mild weekend, our next winter storm moves into the Northland Sunday night and Monday. A “Winter Storm Warning” goes into effect Sunday evening into late Monday morning for Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching and St. Louis counties in Minnesota and for Douglas County, Wisconsin. A “Winter Storm Warning” runs Sunday evening and runs through early Monday…

More Heavy Snow Will Fall Across the Northland

Bitterly Cold Temperatures To Follow

The much advertised first major widespread winter storm of the season is bringing heavy snow and a wintry mix to the Northland. A “Winter Storm Warning” remains in effect through Friday morning for all of northern Minnesota and until noon Friday for Bayfield and Douglas counties in Wisconsin. Also, in Wisconsin, a “Winter Weather Advisory” remains in effect through 9…

WINTER STORM WARNING UNDERWAY AS WIDESPREAD HEAVY SNOW BLANKETS THE NORTHLAND

Over A Foot Of Snow Is Forecast To Dump On The Northland This Late December, Creating Holiday Travel Headaches

Forecast WINTER STORM WARNING UNDERWAY AS WIDESPREAD HEAVY SNOW BLANKETS THE NORTHLAND Good morning Northland! Here is a look at your current snowfall totals. Heavy snow will continue to fall this morning through the overnight hours. Putting down a half of a foot to over a foot of snow for the Northland. Roads are completely snow covered and will continue…

Major Winter Storm for the Northland

Heavy Snow, Wind & Ice Expected

DULUTH, Minn. – Our first widespread major winter storm of this snow season will bring travel nightmares to the Northland into Friday. Significant snow accumulations are on the way across much of Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin and warmer air being pulled into the system will bring some freezing rain and rain to parts of Wisconsin and western upper Michigan. A…

Significant Snow Accumulations Headed to the Northland

Strong Winds, Ice and Rain Will Accompany the Storm

DULUTH, Minn. –  A major winter storm is heading toward the Northland just as holiday travelers hit the roads. The much advertised event will bring significant snow accumulations to Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin, along with some freezing rain and rain to parts of Wisconsin, downstate Minnesota and western upper Michigan. Road conditions will deteriorate from the southwest late Wednesday afternoon…

Heavy Snow Heading to the Northland

Bitter Cold Follows

DULUTH, Minn-   A quiet Christmas Day across the Northland with only a few snow flurries will give way to the first widespread major winter storm of the season. As travelers head out Wednesday, the road conditions will deteriorate later in the day as snow moves in by evening. Moderate to heavy snow and very strong winds are expected Thursday, Thursday…

Winter Storm Heading To The Northland

Heavy Snow & Strong Winds Thursday and Friday

It’s an official “White Christmas” across the Northland with 3″ of snow on the ground in Duluth, Minnesota, but heavy snow is on the way to the Northland later this week. After a quiet Christmas Day with only a few snow flurries, that much advertised winter storm that I’ve been talking about since last week finally starts bringing snow to the…

Northland Winter Weather Outlook 2018-2019

Wondering What This Northland Winter Has In Store? Check Out The Fox 21 Weather Teams Forecast

DULUTH, Minn. – Halloween is right around the corner.  Along with the parties, kids are getting ready for trick-or-treating.  But, Northlanders know that the weather can very well be more of a trick rather than a treat. Last year, just in time for Halloween weekend, more than ten inches of snow fell in Duluth.  While an inconvenience, that pales in…

Stormiest Spring and Summer In More Than A Decade

Severe Weather Rumbles Through The Northland

DULUTH, Minn. If you think it’s been a rather active and stormy spring and summer across the Northland, you’re right. Numerous severe weather events have brought damaging winds and hail, along with massive and historic flooding. As of Thursday, July 12, 2018, the National Weather Service office in Duluth, Minnesota, has issued 134 severe thunderstorm warnings this year. Checking the…

Trees Are Tapped For Sap, It’s Maple Syrup Season

Wisconsinites Are Collecting And Boiling Sap For A Sweet Treat

KELLY, Wis. — Trees are tapped and sap is running with these below freezing nights and warmer days. 100 maple trees are dripping sap for Gregg Johnson and John Barnes to collect. They tap not only hard maple, but also soft maples. Spending 2 hours each Spring day, they collect and boiling sap to make maple syrup. “It takes about…

It’s The Second Coldest New Year’s Eve In Record History For Duluth

We're Feeling The Coldest New Year's Eve In 49 Years!

DECEMBER 31, 2017 GOES DOWN IN HISTORY AS ONE OF THE TOP COLDEST NEW YEAR’S EVE’S! Our high temperature was only -9° in Duluth today! We have now tied for the SECOND COLDEST NEW YEAR’S EVE IN HISTORY! Duluth International: #1 Coldest High Temperature    -16°    1967 #2 Coldest High Temperature    -9°     2017, 1968 #3 Coldest High…

Gales Of December Rock The South Shore

High Winds Created Massive Waves And Churned Up Lake Superior

PORT WING, Wis. — High winds battered the Northland today but the Lake Superior Shorelines felt the worst of it. “It’s very windy! Very blustery!” explained the owner of South Shore Bar, Holly Wyant. The winds howled at 20-30mph sustained today, with gusts up to 40mph at times. The lake was under a Storm Warning until 10am and a Gale…

Northland Winter Returns With Snow Storm

A powerful snow storm will be the catalyst to returning the cold and wintry weather to the Northland

It was no surprise to any Northlander that eventually this warm spell of weather would come to an end. Now we have a date and it is tomorrow. The last sunny and warm day for a least the next week or two occurred yesterday. We will still see the sunshine, but it will just be accompanied by cold temperatures from…

What Happened to the Snow?

It was no shocker to Northlanders that the end of October and the beginning of November was a cold and snowy one. Our first snowfall of the season was 10.6″ which broke a record for the most snowfall ever in an October calendar day. November carried over this snowy trend to start off the month, but the cold air has…

Lake Effect Snows to Tally Up For Northlanders

A quick update on the snowfall this evening. All of the Northland is seeing some light to moderate snowfall this evening but accumulations will come to an end of about 80-90% of the area by the overnight period. The exception will be for the South Shore and also the Borderlands where some lake effect snow will occur. You read that…

Coldest Air Since March

It was a very chilly morning for many areas in Northeast Minnesota, Primarily north of Highway 2. Temperatures managed to drastically crash last night as a cold air mass settled overhead with calming winds and clear skies. These were the perfect ingredients to see temperatures fall just below zero. This is something that is rare this early in the season….

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…

First Snowfall of November Continues this Evening

An Alberta Clipper welcomed the Northland with a fresh coat of snow for the start of November. Snowfall began this morning in North Central Minnesota and then advanced into Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin. Snowfall has continued all afternoon and evening which has piled up to several inches. The highest snowfall totals were in Itasca, Cass, and Crow Wing Counties…

Several Inches of Snow Expected Tomorrow

It has not even been a full week an we are already talking about our next snow system to impact the Northland this early in the season.  Another Alberta Clipper is diving down from Canada as we speak bringing snowfall to the higher elevations of the Rockies. Some areas could see over a foot by tomorrow afternoon. As for us,…

Coldest Halloween Anticipated in 15 Years

The grasp of Old Man Winter remains relentless this early in the season when many tree leaves have yet to fall which is just bearing additional weight to the already heavy and wet snow that fell last Friday. Snow showers have been on and off this afternoon but more consistent in parts of Northwest Wisconsin along the South Shore. Winter…

Another Round of Lake Effect Ahead

It was just the other day that parts of the South Shore saw over a foot of heavy and wet snow. Now, another surge of cold air over Lake Superior will restart the lake effect snow machine. The clipper system that is affecting us right now bringing rain and snow showers this afternoon will be fusing together with a much…

Lake Effect Snow Drops Over A Foot!

Lake Effect Snow ramped up on Friday night and into Saturday morning, with heavy snow bands setting up along the snowbelt. This made travel difficult on Friday night with snow covered roads. Over a foot of snow fell in Gile, with a majority of northwest Wisconsin getting 2-6 inches of snow accumulations. – METEOROLOGIST BRITTNEY MERLOT Categories: Weather Blog Tags:…

First Winter Storm Breaks Duluth Snow Records & Brings Blizzard Conditions To The Northland.

High Winds Pound The Lake Shores And Flood Roadways

The first Winter Storm of the 2017/18 season has arrived! Duluth accumulated 10.6 inches of snow on Friday, making it the snowiest October day on record! The previous record was 10 inches on Oct. 23, 1933. Here are the highest accumulations in Minnesota. The snowfall isn’t over just yet, as the Lake Effect snow machine is kicking into gear this…

Winter Storm Update October 26th, 11 PM

The snow storm we have been watching all week is now underway and is accumulating snowfall as it should be. Snowfall started along the Borderlands early this afternoon but snowfall accumulation was hard to come by initially with surface temperatures above freezing and soil temperatures well above freezing. After the slight delay though, accumulations began and are ongoing this evening….

Seasons First Accumulating Snowfall Shortly Underway

A taste of the winter season is upon us once again as the Northland braces for yet another risk for snowfall but this time, with accumulations likely. There are winter storm watches in effect for Koochiching, St. Louis, Lake, and Cook Counties until 7 AM. An abnormally moist and powerful clipper from Canada will move into parts of North Central…

Accumulating Snowfall Still Remains Plausible by Friday

The Northland is under the influence of another clipper system tonight, but after this weak storm, a larger complex system will move in Thursday with lasting effect into the weekend. The storm in question is currently moving onshore over British Columbia in Canada with heavy rains along the shore and mountain snows on the higher elevations. By tomorrow night, the…

October 3, Rainfall Totals

A very moist atmospheric setup with a stalled front and strong low level jet stream combined to produce very heavy rainfall over the Northland as well as downstate Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. There were reports of flooded roadways across parts of the area, but because the heavy rainfall lasted for numerous hours, and the amount of moisture is less in…

Heavy Rains Likely Tomorrow Night

A developing storm system is taking aim at the Northland over the next 36 hours. We are already seeing an influence of it with a few light rain showers moving into our western counties this Tuesday evening from Koochiching down to Aitkin, but the main event is yet to arrive. Two level of low pressure to our west are passing…

Fall-Like Storm Affects Northland Thursday

An interesting weather system is above to advance into the viewing area tonight which will result in chilly temperatures and a good amount of rainfall. The center of low pressure over South Dakota will drift into Southern Minnesota overnight and then into Southern Wisconsin by late tomorrow evening. The storm is also going to strengthen  as it moves through the…

Heavy Rainfall Thursday

A strange and our of season storm system is currently expected to develop and produce some heavy rainfall over parts of the Northland. A center of high pressure positioned over Central Canada will begin the cool down process tomorrow with northeast winds. Lakeside areas will be in the 60s and farther inland, in the 70s. The Coldest air is yet…

Wisconsin Flooding From Two Rounds of Thunderstorms

The Northland was under the gun for severe weather today and it started early this morning. The first round of storms developed in South Dakota as hail and damaging winds, but then, these storms fused and turned to a mesoscale convective system of MCS for short. This type of thunderstorm complex is well known for the threat of strong wind gusts….

Wisconsin Tornado Strength Upgraded

The severe thunderstorm that caused tornado damage in Polk, Barron, Rusk, and Price county has been increased to an EF 3 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with maximum sustained winds at 140mph. There was some recently discovered evidence near Conrath where a home was completely destroyed with no interior walls remaining. There was also significant tree damage as well….

Mid-March Lake Effect Snow Storm

Over A Foot Of Snow Accumulates

LAKE EFFECT SNOW BLASTS PORTIONS OF THE NORTHLAND IN MID-MARCH! As a low pressure system swung to the southwest of the Northland it brought 10-20mph northeast winds across the unfrozen lake. Light snow began to fall around 5pm on Sunday night, from Silver Brook to Duluth. Then around midnight a heavy lake effect snow band set up southwestward from the…

Fat Bike Birkie Race

First Time The Fat Tire Bike Race Started at the New Location in Cable, Wis.

CABLE, Wis. – The Fat Bike Birkie race took place this morning and it’s the largest Fat Bike event in North America. This year the race drew in 1,200 riders from 18 different states and 2 different countries.   At the starting line this morning it was a cold one and a different one, as it was the first time…

Mid-March Cold Snap

Wind Chill Advisory Doesn't Stop Northlanders From Their Daily Routine

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been an unseasonably cold Mid-March day across the Northland and it’s likely the last cold snap of the season. A Wind Chill Advisory was in effect earlier this morning until 9am, feel like temperatures dropped down to -30° below zero. This frigid Friday didn’t stop some Northlanders from their daily routine though. “I like the weather…

2016-2017 Meteorological Winter Among Warmest on Record

It is March first and that means it is the beginning of meteorological spring. Astronomical spring begins later this month on the 20th which is when the plane of earth’s equator passes through the center of the sun. We have seen some interesting stats from this past winter with Duluth averaging a temperature of 18.1 degrees. That makes it the…

2017 American Birkebeiner Cancelled

Birkie Fever Continues Despite the Cancellation

For only the second time in 44 years all ski races set for this weekend’s Annual American Birkebeiner have been cancelled. The only other time this happened was in 2000. Organizers for North America’s largest cross country ski race held out hope for this weekend as a potential snow storm was on the horizon. Last minute efforts started early as…

Birkie Trail and Race Updates

Snow Is In The Forecast

HAYWARD, Wisc. – Over 40,000 people are expected to arrive in the Northland tonight in anticipation for the 2017 American Birkibeiner Race. With the recent warm week melting nearly all of the snow pack from this winter, trail conditions are on everyone’s mind. Right now only the north half of the trail from Cable, Wisconsin to Trailhead OO is possibly ski-able on…

Friday Snow Storm Likely A Miss For Some Northland Areas

For over a week now the meteorological community has been monitoring what appears to be a strong winter storm that is poised to move through the Central Plains and the Upper Midwest. As we began to get closer to this upcoming Friday which is when this storm will occur, the models have been drifting the snow storm from impacting the…

Update on Fridays Winter Storm

Winter weather will be making a comeback with some rain and snow showers tomorrow and also some light accumulations north of the Highway 2 corridor. Only a dusting to an inch of snow is likely. The main system that has the potential for more than a half foot of snow is expected on Friday where a center of low pressure…