Sabrina Ullman: Temperatures plummet Thursday but improve this weekend
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with overnight lows ranging from the single digits above zero in northern Wisconsin to the negative teens in Koochiching County. Light snow is possible early Thursday morning. A southwest wind will become northwest after midnight and pick up speed.
Bitter cold temperatures return Thursday. Highs for the day will be early as temperatures plummet during the day. With subzero temperatures and a strong northwest wind, wind chill values will be between -20 and -25. A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for portions of the Northland, in effect from 6 am to 6 pm.
Starting at 6 pm Thursday, areas under the Wind Chill Advisory during the day will then be under a Wind Chill Warning until noon Friday. Wind chill values as low as -50 are possible for Koochiching, Itasca, northern Aitkin, Carlton, St. Louis, Lake, and Cook Counties. The rest of the Northland will be under a Wind Chill Advisory during that time.
After dangerous wind chills Thursday night into Friday morning, Friday will be sunny and still cold. Temperatures improve drastically this weekend, warming to the mid-twenties. Warmer temperatures will stick around into next week.
A chance of snow before 4am, then a chance of snow or flurries between 4am and 5am, then a chance of flurries after 5am. Patchy blowing snow after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -3. Blustery, with a southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
A chance of flurries before 7am. Patchy blowing snow before 5pm. Mostly sunny and cold, with a temperature falling to around -3 by 9am. Wind chill values between -20 and -25. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 0. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Cloudy, with a high near 26. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Partly sunny, with a high near 25. Blustery, with a northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
A slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 28. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.