Dorrell’s Forecast Update Saturday 12/31


From the KX News Dakota Storm Center:

Across the Dakotas, we have been under mostly cloudy skies with a chilly feel and some scattered light snow showers/flurries, today. A cold front is stretched East to West, over southern Canada. This system has a weak trough that has been bringing scattered snow showers (West to East) across North Dakota, through the day. This cold front will impact our forecast through the beginning of the work week. With some assistance from another feature, the possibility for another round of significant, widespread snow has prompted a Winter Storm Watch that will be in effect from Sunday evening through Tuesday morning. So, to kick off 2017, another round of snow is in the forecast with winds becoming strong and followed by temps falling into a cold range with chills dipping into a dangerously low range.
The cold front to our North will linger around while slowly drifting South (through the Dakotas) tomorrow. Meanwhile, a pair of lows will develop on the lee side of the Rockies, over Wyoming & Colorado. One of these lows will move East and NE along the cold front that will move through the Dakotas on Sunday. Snow chances will be on the rise Sunday evening and Sunday night. Widespread snow is expected across most of the state through Monday & Monday night. At this point there is high confidence that we will see snow, winds becoming strong and temps falling considerably, Sunday night through Tuesday morning. The part of the forecast that still has a lower confidence is snowfall accumulation. Out of 4 different models, there is a large spread of how much new snow we will see. So needless to say, changes in the forecast are expected. As of right now, expect significant snowfall accumulations between 4″-9″ across most of Western & Central ND. There is a Winter Storm Watch in effect for most of the state. Lower event totals will be in the NW corner and parts of SW North Dakota and surrounding areas. The NW counties and parts of North Central ND are not under a Winter Storm Watch. Keep in mind that with this system (including during & after the time outlined by the winter storm watch) travel conditions will become hazardous. Also, winds will be strong through the beginning of the work week and this will lead to blowing/drifting snow for many.

Through the next couple of days, stay with KX News on-air, online and through social media for more forecast updates and changes in timing, totals and details about this new year snow system. Make sure you put a winter survival kit into your vehicles. Join us tonight at 6 & 10pm and Sunday at 10pm for more info, and most importantly make sure you, your family, your pets and your neighbors stay safe. 

Tonight, expect mostly cloudy skies with some clearing at times. There will be a few flurries & light snow showers as a weak piece of energy moves out of the state. Lows in the single digits with a light to moderate wind swinging around to the Northwest. Chills on either side of zero with a 20% chance for snow and less than 1″ for affected areas.
Sunday will bring increasing clouds early, becoming mostly cloudy. Scattered snow will start to develop for North & West ND, later in the day. Temperatures will be seasonable and the warmest out of the 7day planner. Highs in the teens & 20s with a NW/NE wind 5-15mph and chills in the the single digits. 40% chance for snow.
Sunday night will bring continued cloudy skies with snow becoming widespread, across North Dakota. Lows in the single digits and a NE wind 5-15mph G20. Chills below zero and into the negative double digits. 60% chance for snow with 1″-4″ possible. 
Monday, expect widespread snow to continue with temps starting to fall as a cold front passes through. Highs in the single digits with a few double digits (East) and a NE/North wind picking up to 10-20mph G30. Chills below zero and in the -teens. 100% chance for snow with 2″-5″ possible.
Monday night will bring tapering snow chances after Midnight with continued cloudy skies. Lows will be on either side of zero with much of Western & Central ND falling below zero. Winds will swing around to the NW at 10-20mph G35 and chills in the negative teens and negative 20s. 70% chance of snow with 1″-3″ possible. 
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’ll talk to yall again next year, 
~Dorrell Wenninger – KX Weather

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