With a crusted mantle on Tuesday’s snowfall already providing a fresh white ground cover in the lakes area, another round of snow could bring an additional 2-4 inches Wednesday, Jan. 15.
And more snow could be arriving in another wave Friday.
But first things first, the National Weather Service in Duluth issued a winter weather advisory from midnight Tuesday to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Snow is likely, particularly between 3 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday.
“The heaviest snow will fall from the Brainerd lakes area eastward to the I-35 corridor, including the Twin Ports, and into much of northwest Wisconsin,” the weather service reported. “Snowfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected across the Minnesota portion of the advisory (area) with isolated higher amounts.”
The advisory includes southern Cass, Crow Wing and Aitkin counties. Slippery road conditions are anticipated with drivers urged to slow down and use caution.
Tuesday’s mild temperatures — which rose to 29 degrees in the predawn darkness before falling the rest of the day — may not be duplicated for a stretch of days as the forecast calls for January’s well-earned reputation for cold.
“Very cold temperatures in the teens and single digits below zero are expected Wednesday night,” the weather service stated in a news release. “Wind gusts to 10 to 20 mph overnight will
lead to wind chills in the 20s below zero and a wind chill advisory may be needed.”
The sun is expected to shine Thursday, but don’t anticipate much warmth to come with it as the high is forecast to possibly rise above zero — but only by 1 degree.
Shoveling the aftermath from Wednesday’s snowfall will mean putting on the layers, hats and mittens although the breezy conditions that can make that a brutal exercise are predicted to subside.
Shovels aren’t likely to be idle for long.
By Thursday night, there is another chance of flurries after midnight with increasing wind and a low of 8 below. By Friday, snow is back in the forecast.
“Snow is expected to develop Friday and continue through Saturday morning before diminishing Saturday afternoon and evening,” the weather service reported. “Snowfall amounts could be significant with amounts of 6 inches or more possible.”
The high Wednesday may rise to 14 degrees with an overnight low of 13 degrees below. Blustery conditions will make that feel colder with Wednesday wind gusts expected to be as high as 20-25 mph.
Friday may provide a high of 20 degrees although breezy conditions, which make such a difference in how cold it feels, should continue into the coming weekend. Saturday’s high may be about 17.
The weather service forecast notes a break from snowfall for the weekend and into the start of next week, but cold conditions with daytime highs of 10 degrees or lower are expected to persist. Overnight lows aren’t anticipated to be dramatic, but could be about 7 below.
The normal high for this time of year is 21 degrees.
For the record
The Jan. 15 temperature records include:
High temperature of 45 degrees set in 1914.
Lowest temperature of 48 below was set in 1972.
Lowest high temperature of the day: 20 degrees below in 1972.
Max snow depth: 34 inches in 1997.
Lowest snow depth: 1 inch in 1942.
Highest snowfall: 20.5 inches in 1980.