Brandon Weatherz: Gloom to improve over the weekend
A simple difference of one or two degrees has separated yesterday’s icy start in Duluth from today’s wet one. We should still be mindful of slick spots, but the widespread icy conditions this morning are west and north of the Twin Ports where temperatures have been below freezing. These areas have some reductions to visibility, but the poorest visibility is near the Twin Ports, down the I-35 corridor, and along the South Shore. A Dense Fog Advisory remains in effect for South St. Louis, Carlton, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron counties until noon. The densest fog should improve in the afternoon, but expect areas of poor visibility to persist through the day.
Additional fog is expected tonight into Saturday morning, then we should finally start to put the gloom of the past several days behind us. Similar to yesterday, icy areas turn wet as temps push near and above freezing in the late morning and afternoon. Freezing drizzle and flurries are possible in northeast Minnesota this morning before temps rise above freezing, then areas of drizzle linger during the day. Drier air moving into the region from the northwest should put an end to the freezing drizzle tonight, but freezing fog may once again create icy spots Saturday morning.
Temperatures hold steady in the mid-30s today. Tonight sees us back in mid-20s to low 30s, then Saturday features highs in low to mid-30s. If we’re able to break up the clouds Saturday night, temps could fall into mid-teens to mid-20s. This would be cooler than we’ve seen all week, but still well above average for this time of year. Unseasonable warmth will continue through the end of January and start of February with no end in sight. The forecast also continues to be very dry. The only chance for snow would be Monday night, and even that round has a low chance of any measurable snow.
Today: Cloudy with areas of fog. High 36. W wind 2-8 mph.
Tonight: Cloudy with patchy fog. Low 29. W wind 5-10 mph.
Tomorrow: Patchy fog in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High 35. W wind 5-10 mph.
Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy. Low 24. WNW wind 2-8 mph.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy to start with some decrease in the afternoon. High 35. SW wind 5-10 mph.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow late. High 36. SW wind 5-10 mph.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 38. N wind 5-10 mph.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 40. SW wind 5-15 mph.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 38. SW wind 5-10 mph.