February snow record likely to fall Friday
Officially, Duluth didn't break the February snowfall record during Wednesday's winter storm, but the needle is oh-so-close.
With an official total of 4.7 inches at the National Weather Service office near the Duluth airport, the snow tally remains just four-tenths of an inch short of the record, which stands at 33.9 inches.
But fear not, Duluth will break that record yet — probably Friday.
The Twin Ports can expect another 2-4 inches of snow from Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning, possibly mixed with freezing rain after midnight, according to meteorologist Kirsten Chaney with the Weather Service in Duluth.
A larger system arriving late Saturday and into Sunday is expected to stay mostly south and east of the Twin Ports, Chaney said, though parts of northern Wisconsin could see 6 inches or more of new snow.
Highs in the Twin Ports on Friday and Saturday should be between 30 and 35. If the temperature hits 32 degrees on either day, it would be the first time Duluth has been at or above the freezing mark since Jan. 8, more than six weeks ago.
The warm-up will be short-lived, however, as colder air is expected to return for the start of next week. Monday's forecast high in Duluth is just 8 degrees above zero.
While the National Weather Service office recorded less than 5 inches of snow from Wednesday's storm, other areas of Duluth recorded higher totals, particularly on the Hillside and along Lake Superior.
A weather station on Park Point recorded 8 inches of snow as of 6 a.m. today, while a station near Miller Hill Mall measured 7.6 inches. Gary-New Duluth recorded 7.5 inches, and 5.9 inches fell in Lester Park.
Many locations across the Northland saw more snow than the Weather Service office in Duluth. The heaviest totals generally fell south and east of the Twin Ports, with a station near Couderay in Sawyer County topping the list at 8.3 inches. Gile, in Iron County, and Bruno, in Pine County, saw 8 inches. Wrenshall and Silver Bay picked up 7.2 inches of snow, while Superior, Gordon, Hayward and Hinckley saw 7 inches.
The average snowfall for the entire month of February in Duluth is 11.8 inches, according to the Weather Service. Wednesday's storm put us 21.7 inches above that mark, with a week left to go in February.
24-hour snow totals through noon Thursday
8.3 inches - 7 mi W Couderay
8 inches - Gile, Bruno, Park Point (Duluth), Sarona
7.9 inches - 5 WSW Butternut
7.6 inches - Miller Hill (Duluth)
7.5 inches - Mellen, Gary-New Duluth
7.2 inches - Wrenshall, Silver Bay
7 inches - Superior, Blueberry, Gordon, Hinckley, Hayward
6.8 inches - 4 W Clam Lake
6.7 inches - Ashland, Taft
6.3 inches - Poplar, Kerrick
6.2 inches - Moquah
6.1 inches - 5 NW Two Harbors
6 inches - Holyoke, Twig
5.9 inches - Lester Park (Duluth)
5.8 inches - Brimson
5.5 inches - Bayfield
5.4 inches - Cloquet
5 inches - 5 NNE Brule
4.7 inches - NWS Duluth, Mahtowa