WARMER AIR AND SNOW CHANCES LATER THIS WEEK
Most cities warmed into the teens above 0° as Tuesday afternoon rolled on and we expect warmer air to take over day by day this week. Tonight will be the last of single digits below 0°. The Twin Ports will fall to just above 0°, with the coldest air again impacting the Iron Range and North Shore of Minnesota. Average high temperatures are now scattered in the middle to upper 20s and we will rise to those type of readings by the time Thursday and Friday roll around. High temperatures will hover on either side of 20° for hump day itself as clouds will steadily increase throughout the day. A light south wind will also return and we expect the south flow to remain with us through the week.
Along with the warmer air for week's end will also come snow chances. A brief system will pass by from the west on Thursday morning and will bring a quick burst of snow for the Northland. Snow totals along the North Shore may range from 2-4" as a quick inch of snow may impact the Twin Ports. Most of the snow will clear to to the east by Thursday afternoon as the wind will also be breezy out of the south Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Afternoon temperatures will reach either side of freezing Thursday and again Friday with a more significant storm system looking to approach the Northland and Great Lakes states Friday through Friday night.
If you plan to head to the Twin Cities or anywhere south and east of the Northland then you need to make sure you are keeping tabs on the latest weather forecast. Chances for plowable snow are likely for much of eastern Minnesota as well as central Wisconsin! Right now, the forecast calls for the track of the low pressure to meander well to our south but if the low pressure decides to march further north, then heavier snow mounts may accompany the Twin Ports as well as far northwest Wisconsin. At the moment, snow accumulation will stay below an inch in Duluth with about 1-3" possible anywhere from Spooner, WI to the Bayfield Peninsula and Ironwood, MI.
As the low pressure tracks to the east, the weekend will feature dry weather as sunshine and warming temperatures make their way back into our outlook. Plenty of sun on Saturday will give way to times of snow melt. In fact, Sunday and much of early to mid next week will be sunny at times as high temperatures will look to warm at or above the freezing mark at that time. Long-range forecast models are trying to suggest the chance of a more significant low pressure that develops and brings unusually warm air and rain to the Northland by the end of next week but there is plenty of time for that forecast to change.
Chief Meteorologist Sam Gabrielli