Weather Forecast


Temperatures drop into 30s below zero in the Northland

Sea smoke rises behind the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth on Tuesday morning, with a temperature of about 17 below zero. (Andrew Krueger /

For the second morning in a row, Embarrass was the coldest reporting station in the Northland on Tuesday with a low of 36 below zero.

That follows the 29-below-zero reading the Embarrass weather spotter reported on Christmas morning.

The National Weather Service reported that Crane Lake and Togo were the frigid runners-up Tuesday at 33 below zero, with 31 below at Kabetogama, on the Fernberg Trail east of Ely, and near Butternut in Northwestern Wisconsin.

The Duluth airport reported a morning low of 21 below zero. The daily record low remains 27 below, set in 1934; the average low for this time of year is 4 above.

Other Tuesday morning lows included:

  • 30 below zero: Brimson, Cotton
  • 29 below: Bigfork, Ash Lake
  • 28 below: Babbitt, Isabella
  • 27 below: Ely, Cook, International Falls, Littlefork, Moose Lake, Sea Gull Lake
  • 26 below: Grand Marais airport, Gunflint Lake, Orr, Clam Lake
  • 25 below: Makinen, Birchdale, Side Lake, Skibo, Glidden
  • 24 below: Hill City, Palmers, Brule
  • 23 below: Aurora, Grand Portage, Wright
  • 22 below: Twig, Eveleth, Sturgeon Lake, Minong, Askov
  • 21 below: Duluth airport, Hibbing, Hovland, Saginaw
  • 20 below: Sawyer, Aitkin, Grand Rapids, Hurley, Hayward, Illgen City
  • 19 below: Superior, South Range, Esko
  • 18 below: Silver Bay, McGregor, Scanlon
  • 17 below: Duluth harbor, Ashland, Maple, Grand Marais harbor, Two Harbors

Highs today are forecast to remain below zero across the region, with lows dropping into the 20s and 30s below zero again tonight.

Highs on Wednesday may also struggle to climb above zero, the Weather Service reported.