Brandon Weatherz: 50s today, snow tomorrow

February 26: 50s today, snow tomorrow

Daily forecast from the Storm Track Weather Team

Our week starts off very warm with highs approaching daily records in the low to upper 50s. The exception to this will be the North Shore where a south wind will direct the cool lake air and keep temps in the 40s. Areas of light to moderate snow sweep north central Minnesota ahead of the warm front this morning. Amounts should stay under an inch, but a slippery morning commute is possible near and north of Grand Rapids and the Iron Range. Snow is pushed north of the Canadian border through the morning with sunshine taking over today. This spring-like day will be quite the contrast to the cold and snow that will affect the region Tuesday into Wednesday.

Most areas stay mild tonight with lows near freezing, but colder air starting to arrive from the northwest will have International Falls dropping near 19. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Koochiching County and North St. Louis County for 3 am to 3 pm Tuesday where travel will be affected. We’ll see a dramatic spread in temps on Tuesday with highs ranging from 18 in Baudette to 58 in Butternut. In the Twin Ports, our high near 37 will be set in the morning with temps falling through the day. Snow will stay mostly in north central Minnesota through the morning, then scattered snow moves east across the rest of the region in the afternoon and evening. The South Shore keeps snow Tuesday night and during the day Wednesday.

Accumulation will increase looking from south to north with 3-7″ along and north of a line from Bemidji to Big Fork to Ely. 1-3″ includes Grand Rapids, the Iron Range, and much of Lake and Cook County. The Twin Ports should stay around and under an inch. 1-3″ potential begins again in Douglas County and Washburn County and reaching east across Northwest Wisconsin from there. The Bayfield Peninsula, northern Iron, northern Ashland, Gogebic, and Ontonagon Co. will see 3-6″ with locally higher amounts in the U.P.

Wednesday will be cold with highs mostly in the teens, then a warming trend takes us through the rest of the week with highs back in the 50s by Friday. Above average temperatures continue over the weekend. Precipitation chances may return to the region Sunday into Monday.

Today: Decreasing clouds, breezy, and very warm. High 54. SSE wind 10-20 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 32. N wind 2-8 mph.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and windy with a chance for snow. Morning high of 37 with temp falling. N wind 15-25 mph. Chance of snow: 30%

Tomorrow night: Cloudy and windy with a slight chance for snow. Low 2. NNW wind 15-25 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, breezy, and cold. High 18. WNW wind 10-20 mph.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 38. E wind 10-15 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, warmer, and breezy. High 52. SSW wind 10-20 mph.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy and breezy. High 50. E wind 10-20 mph.

Sunday: Cloudy and breezy with a slight chance for rain. High 50. E wind 15-20 mph.