There is a slight chance of snow this week for the Brainerd lakes area, but more chilling to note is the anticipated colder temperatures.
A weak clipper system may provide a dusting of up to 2 inches of snow Monday night, Jan. 6, and Tuesday.
“A chance of widespread accumulating snow develops Wednesday night and continues through Thursday night,” the weather service reported in a hazardous weather outlook for the lakes region and surrounding counties. “Accumulation with that system of 3 to 5 inches are possible across the north with a dusting up to 3 inches south. A few spots may pick up as much as 6 inches of snow."
Strong winds blew through the area Sunday, Jan. 5, with a northwest wind of 21 mph just before 3 p.m. and wind gusts reaching 37 mph. The wind cut into what was otherwise another mild day for January temperatures, which rose above freezing during the day ultimately reaching a high of 35 degrees. The normal high for this time of year is 21 degrees with a normal low of 1 degree.
For the start of the new year — with the exception of a 9 degree overnight low on New Year’s Day — temperatures have been remarkably steady in the 20s to low 30s both day and night, about 13 to nearly 20 degrees warmer than average. That steadiness for temperatures appears to be about to change.
This week’s forecast resembles a roller coaster ride, as temperatures may dip to the teens and then spike back up. According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, the forecast calls for a high near 30 degrees Monday, Jan. 6, and a drop to 19 degrees for a high Tuesday. The slide down is expected to continue with expectations for a high of 13 degrees Wednesday before temperatures flip again and are forecast to rise to 27 degrees Thursday. But Friday could be a very different story with a high that may not climb beyond 12 degrees. Saturday may not rise above 10 degrees.
And then one has to take into account the wind. The wind is expected to change Monday and to come from the southwest at 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
The forecast calls for a slight chance of snow to possibly come between 8-11 p.m. Monday, with a low about 12 degrees at night.
Tuesday the wind will speed up a bit with gusts as high as 25 mph. The low temperature Tuesday could dip down to about 7 below zero, with a northwest wind of 10-15 mph, but the breeze is expected to become light and variable after midnight.
There is a 30% chance of snow, mainly after noon Wednesday with a low of about 8 degrees at night.
A chance of snow is in the forecast Wednesday night through Thursday night with Thursday’s low predicted to drop to 6 degrees at night. Friday, folks may see partly sunny skies with overnight lows dipping to about 4 below zero at night.
The National Weather Service reports a slight chance of snow for the coming weekend both Saturday night and Sunday — but it’s too early to tell and likely could change by the week’s end.