Midwest Daily Snow

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By Croix Christenson, Meteorologist Posted 1 month ago February 23, 2024

Seasonable on Friday


A bit of a reality check is on tap for Friday, with temperatures closer to normal and some lake effect snow and snow showers back in the forecast. This cool down will be short lived with a warming trend into early next week before a system brings rain and snow from Tuesday to Thursday.

Short Term Forecast

General Observations:

  • We'll see a temperature roller coaster in the next week or two, with mild temps overall and brief periods of cooler air that would be closer to normal for this time of year 
  • Uncertain forecast next week as we see increased rain and snow chances 
  • With mild temps and rain chances, we could see impacts to operations over the next week or so

Snow Chances Friday, Feb. 23 to Sunday, March 3

On Saturday I will return to regional discussions with the more widespread rain/snow chances only a few days away! 

Once again, we saw very mild temperatures on Thursday (observed temps from Thursday afternoon):

Friday - Saturday:

Thanks to a cold front we are seeing snow showers for some of the resorts in the Lake Superior regions early Friday with some light accumulations occurring. This light snow/lake effect will continue with accumulations up to an inch or so possible. The Duluth resorts and many of the south shore resorts have seen a dusting so far Friday AM. 

Ripley was seeing some better-organized lake effect snow showers early Friday:

The areas of light snow will continue to move south during the day on Friday, with a little bit of snow expected, especially for southern Wisconsin on Friday. Here is a look at forecast precip types from the ECMWF for Friday:

On Saturday we'll just see a few lingering snow showers or lake effect snow with temperatures mainly in the 30s for the eastern half of the Midwest. The western half of the Midwest will quickly rebound into the 30s and 40s as the next round of warmer air begins to return. 

Sunday to Tuesday:

  • A small system could sneak far enough south to bring some light snow to Searchmont and the Keweenaw on Sunday
  • Mild temps return!
    • Monday and Tuesday look to offer some very mild temps for portions of the Midwest with some 60s likely?!
  • Depending on the timing of the next system, western portions of the Midwest could cool down by Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday PM to Thursday:

  • Rain and snow chances increase from Tuesday to Thursday next week
    • Confidence: Low - models continue to have quite a bit of variance in location of rain and snow
    • For example, here are the past few runs of the ECMWF showing forecast precip types Tuesday evening - a wide variety of possible outcomes:

After a brief cooler stretch as the rain/snow chances exit, we will likely see warmer temps return late next week. 

Extended Forecast

Fantasy Land: Monday, March 4 to Sunday, March 10

  • Models lean mild overall, with a few cooler days possible
    • Confidence: Low to medium
  • Models suggest we could see a multi-part or a better-organized system pay the region a visit
    • Confidence: Low

The next forecast will be posted on Saturday - thanks for reading!


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Croix grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota where he developed his passion for the outdoors and snow. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his BS and MS in Atmospheric Science. When not working, you will find Croix exploring his Duluth, Minnesota backyard by skiing, mountain biking, fishing, surfing, hiking with his dog Doppler, or just about any activity that gets him outside.

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