SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear .... Lows 30-37 (Bismarck 33 .... Dickinson 32) ... West decreasing to under 7 mph then turning SSE under 7 mph later
EASTER SUNDAY: Sunny in the morning .... then partly cloudy ... slim chance for an isolated shower central areas in the afternoon ..... Breezy western areas .... Highs 66-73 (Bismarck 71 ... Dickinson 70) ... SE / WNW 7-25 mph
Extended (Sunday Night - Friday)
A deep trough of low pressure approaches from the rockies early in the period and lingers through much of next week. It's eventual path and strength is being handled differently by the suite of computer models. It is also uncertain whether or not the system will close and form an upper level low pressure system somewhere in the northern plains or if it will remain as an open wave of low pressure and therefore advance eastward at a faster pace. The bottom line is that a southwesterly flow aloft will then develop and this could produce showers and thundershowers tuesday night through wednesday. Colder air follows on the back side of the system which means stratiform rain will occur wednesday night through thursday. As the atmospheric column cools even further the precipitation may convert to a snow / rain mix or change entirely to snow thursday night into friday morning. The rain, snow/rain mix or snow should end by midday or early afternoon on friday as the disturbance FINALLY exits the region. AN early look into next weekend reveals a warming trend long with at least partial sunshine.