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Lake Superior Winter Weather Forecast
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Winter Weather Recreation & Sports Forecast Around Lake Superior

Last year I came across this neat weather forecasting service called "Weather Decoded" from Cody Ervin, a weather forecasting geek who has incorporated data from 10 different weather forecasting models into an overall forecast for the coming winter. The information and graphics to follow is taken from Cory's Winter Forecast for the 2017 - 18 winter (forecast date Nov 22).

Temperature Forecast December through March

winter temperature forecast

As the graphic to the right indicates, the forecast for Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota including the entire Lake Superior region is for temperatures to average "Much Below Normal." This means when we get precipitation it is likely to be snow and likely to hang around when it does come. It means roads will be less likely to be icey if temperatures keep below freezing. Also it means that Lake Superior could freeze over around Bayfield allowing over-the-ice travel to see the fantastic Bayfield Lake Superior Ice Caves.

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Precipitation & Snowfall Forecast December through March

As the adjacent graphic indicates, precipitation will be about average. But slightly better chance for above average in the Upper Peninsula (note the light green in the map) The precipiation forecast is a combination of rain and snow. Last year Cory issued a separate Snow Forecast in addition to the overall Precipitation Forecast. I hope later if he does an update, he also gives us that separate Snow Forecast. My guess is although precipitation will be close to normal, most of it will be snow because of the below normal temperatures.

Weather Decoded Preliminary Winter 2017-18 Forecast

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Snow & Weather Report Links

Our Lake Superior Region Snow Depth & Weather Report and Weather Links page (go here) allows you to check current weather conditions, year-round, in specific locations as well as a general snow cover map across the Northern Wisconsin Lake Superior region. During the winter as the snow season progresses, you can check our Snow Depth links below for the latest information.

Also our Superior Travel & Events page will be providing periodic snow report summary's over the winter. But for the latest information check the links below for more details in the Lake Superior region of your interest.


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Travel Information

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