Brandon Weatherz: Tracking wind, cold, and eventually snow

March 19: Tracking wind, cold, and eventually snow

Daily forecast from the Storm Track Weather team

The forecast continues to reflect a return to more wintry conditions in the week ahead. Today actually starts off milder than Monday morning with temps near freezing heading out the door. This is thanks to a warm front that swept the region yesterday, but it has already been followed by a cold front which introduces colder air on a strong northwest wind today around 20 mph. Highs range from low 30s to low 40s looking from north to south across the Northland with upper 30s in the Twin Ports. Cloud cover is thickest in the morning with clearing skies this afternoon.

A few snow showers try to slide south of the Canadian border into the Arrowhead today with less than an inch expected generally north of the Iron Range. Light lake effect will be possible for the South Shore tonight and tomorrow with an inch or two possible locally in the snowbelt of Iron Co. and Gogebic Co. Tonight sees lows in single digits to low teens under few clouds. Wind chill values will be between -5 and -20 in the region by the Wednesday morning bus stop.

Wednesday then remains cold and blustery with mostly sunny skies. Highs will be in upper teens to mid-20s. Additional single digits are possible Wednesday night into Thursday. Thursday is still cool but a touch milder with mid-20s to mid-30s under partly cloudy skies.

A round of snow will sweep the Northland from the west Thursday night and exit tot he east through the morning Friday bringing light accumulation for the Friday morning commute. 1″ potential reaches along and south of a line from Grand Rapids to Two Harbors to Ashland, including the Twin Ports. We drop to <1″ north of that line, and amounts increase moving south of it with around 2 inches expected from Brainerd to Moose Lake to Hayward.

A stronger system will bring the potential for widespread accumulation and more substantial travel impacts over the weekend. The Northland will see snow chances arrive on Sunday, then periods of snow, possibly heavy, may continue through Tuesday. Rain could mix in at times, particularly in northwest Wisconsin. Winds will also be a contender, reducing visibility and allowing Lake Superior to enhance snowfall for the Head of Lake Superior, North Shore, and South Shore, including in the Twin Ports.

Today: Decreasing clouds and windy. High 38. NW wind 15-25 mph.

Tonight: Cold and blustery. Mostly clear. Low 9. NW wind 10-20 mph.

Tomorrow: Cold and blustery. Mostly sunny. High 25. NW wind 10-20 mph.

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy. Low 9. N wind 5-10 mph.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 30. NW wind 2-8 mph.

Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with snow showers. Low 19. E wind 5-10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. About one inch expected.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for snow in the morning. High 31. N wind 10-15 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 29. NW wind 5-10 mph.

Sunday: Snow and wind. High 29. E wind 15-25 mph. Chance of snow: 60%

Monday: Snow and wind. High 34. E wind 15-20 mph. Chance of snow: 50%