Wednesday, April 23, 2014
RAIN MOVES IN
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SOGGY/SNOWY END OF THE WEEK
TODAY/TONIGHT: A low pressure system will press into the region late today and into tonight. Some lingering high pressure will start us out clear, but the clouds will begin to roll in throughout the day. Highs will only manage upper 40's with a few lower 50's west of the Ports as warm air surges in. The rain will likely start after 5-6pm in the Ports and continue to rain through the night. Lows will be around 34°.
THURSDAY: We will start the day with some rain showers and the possibility of a few isolated thunder storms. However, as we head into the afternoon, cold air is forced in behind the low, this will cause for a transition between rain and snow. This will be a very difficult forecast period as temperatures will be below freezing aloft and right around freezing at the surface. Models are bringing in some big snow totals possible for the Arrowhead region, from Two Harbors and north up the shore, to around Ely. Snow totals as high as 4-8" with some locally higher amounts may occur in that area. Here in the Ports we should be around that freezing mark as well, however temps at the surface look fairly warm so 2-4" are possible but is should melt quick. Travel Thursday afternoon may become difficult north of the Ports.
FRIDAY: Cold air continues to drive in, bringing rain/snow through Thursday night and into the first half of the day on Friday. Then we should start to see gradual clearing conditions. Highs will be around 42°.
SATURDAY: High pressure builds into the region, bringing sunshine and highs into the mid 40's.