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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…

Cold Morning, Overnight Snow

A high pressure brought cold temperatures to the Northland both yesterday and today. We had winds blowing in from the west and northwest in the last 48 hours that brought wind chills into the -20s to the -30s. Actual temperatures were the coldest this morning in Northeast Minnesota where the greatest impact of the cold air was observed. We will…

February 7, 2017 Winter Storm Recap

A prolonged winter weather event moved through the Northland in the last 24 hours with two waves of snowfall. The first band of snow moved into the area after midnight and produced 1-4 inches of snowfall. This was the first low pressure that passed through the Upper Midwest with a secondary low pressure farther south in Iowa that absorbed the energy…

The Coldest Place: How A Small Minnesota Town Earned the State’s Frigid Title

On February 2, 1996, two Minnesota towns battled to set a new record cold temperature

TOWER, Minn. – 21 years ago, the air temperature in Tower, Minnesota hit a chilly 60 degrees below zero. The town, with a population of 500, nestled in the Northland, is the coldest location based on average winter temperatures east of the Great Plains. “So here I am, in the coldest place there is in America,” said Randy Semo, owner…

Second Round of Snow Continues Overnight

After a Mid-January Thaw, winter is back in the Northland with a Canadian Clipper bringing beneficial snowfall to all the trails and slopes across the area. The latest snowfall reports so far across the Northland from 8 PM tonight shows 5 inches of snow in Wrenshall with numerous other locations seeing 4 inch amounts. Snow is expected to continue for…

Accumulating Snowfall Looking More Likely Early Next Week

For some time now, we have been monitoring the possibility of a snow system that would affect the Northland or at least parts of the Northland community from Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon. We have seen several different solutions in the forecast model outputs of the storm. The setup we have is a low pressure Canadian Clipper that will move…

Accumulating Snowfall Possible Tuesday Into Wednesday

A snow storm is currently moving through the Rockies and will eventually push out and develop a new surface low pressure that will carry through the Midwest. We already have winter storm watches in effect because of this upcoming storm system. Up until today, we have seen the track of the storm staying farther southward which would keep the Northland…

Re-Icing Likely Tonight as Road Temperatures Drop After Sunset & Wintry Mix Persists

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Tonight

High temperatures today were again above freezing in the mid and upper 30’s. We saw mainly light rain falling in waves across the Northland.  The fog has returned and is reducing visibilites once again. Tonight as the sun sets we will see temperatures falling again to just around the freezing mark. This will likely put road surface temperatures below freezing…

NASA 2016 Temperature Report

Latest Report From NASA Shows Warmest Year on Record

Meteorologist Gino Recchia discusses the latest NASA report for 2016 as the warmest year on record since records began back in 1880.  16 of the 17 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000 and the planet only seems to continue to warm. Categories: Environment, Weather Blog

One More Round of Snow, Then Cold

Snowfall is leaving the Northland this afternoon and visibilities are beginning to improve but winds are starting to pick up from the northwest which will cause some flowing and drifting of the fresh snowfall especially on open roadways. Northwest Wisconsin is still seeing some snowfall but by this evening that should end as well. Currently Cornucopia tops the list with…

Several Snow Systems to Build Up Accumulations This Week

The first chance of snow is ongoing today. We have a weak level of low pressure in South Dakota that is transporting moisture northward to the Northland. It is also getting assistance from the arctic high pressure that brought in all the cold temperatures earlier this week. Snowfall amounts with this clipper will be a dusting along the Borderlands and…

Second Round of Snow Expected Tonight

A prolonged snowfall event has accumulated a few inches of snow from yesterday evening. We had the greatest amounts to the north of the Twin Ports. In in the Duluth area, Taft had 1.8 inches, 1.4 inches in Wrenshall, One inch in Lester Park and Lakeside in Douglas County, and 0.6” in Hermantown at the Duluth International Airport.  Farther north,…

First Snow Storm of 2017

We are starting off the new year with a winter snow storm that is poised to move through the Northland in the next 48 hours. Snow is already developing and should continue to increase in coverage as it moves through Southern Minnesota to the Northeast. Snow should begin by midnight for areas in Aitkin, Pine, and Carlton Counties. Soon to…

The Latest on Today’s Snowfall

Just a quick update on how the latest weather models are handling today’s clipper system.  We call these storms “Alberta clippers” for a reason – they clip along really quickly and the usually originate in western Canada!  This one is centered just north of the Canadian border and has already brought nearly four inches of snow in parts of rural…

8° Above Average High Temperature Reached at 8pm Tonight

High Temperature Tomorrow To Be Reached As Early As 11am. Temps To Drop Significantly After.

Tonight we reached our high temperatures at 8pm! Duluth came in at 28°, putting us 8° above average. As we head through the rest of the evening, temperatures will remain steady in the mid and upper 20’s. Tomorrow we will start the day off nice, mild and above average. Our high temperatures will be in the low to mid 20’s…

A Little Warmup, Plus Light Snow Today

On the night following Christmas Day, a cold front passed through our region bringing snow and ice across the Northland.  The colder air really came to a head yesterday with highs just barely cracking the low teens.  Today, another cold front is poised to sweep through the region once again.  Ahead of that front, south winds gather some warmth and…

Christmas Weekend Winter Storm

The real headline this week will be during this upcoming weekend with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on Saturday and Sunday respectively. We are concerned about the potential of a snow storm somewhere in the Upper Midwest. Right now confidence is growing that somewhere in North Dakota, Minnesota or Wisconsin will see potentially significant snowfall. The map below shows the computer…

Above Freezing Temps Possible Today, Snow on the Way

Light/Moderate Accumulations Expected Tomorrow

Monday was our first day in a pattern of warmer temperatures that will remain prevalent through the region all week long.  We saw widespread highs in the 20s yesterday, and we have a great chance of warming up even more today.  It will be breezy, cool, and partly cloudy.  Winds will be out of the west about 10-20 mph, and…

Two Snow Clippers During Next 48 Hours

We had some snow early this morning which was the first of three clippers moving along the Canadian Border. The second clipper will move through tonight with once again a chance of snow from along and North of Highway 2.   A dusting of snow will be seen along Highway 2 with near 2 inches of snow along the Borderlands….

Coldest Morning Since January 17th

The coldest temperatures in 11 months moved through the Northland overnight and held a strong hold through the morning and afternoon. Temperatures plunged well below zero with the coldest overnight low temperatures in Embarrass at -38, Cotton at -35, Eiffie and -34, and Pine River at -33. It was -21 at the Duluth International Airport, the coldest since January 17th…