Dorrell’s Forecast Update Sunday 12/18

From the KX News Dakota Storm Center:

After a very cold start, we have been seeing mostly clear skies and continued cold conditions. A broad ridge of high pressure will continue to move across the Dakotas. There is a little bit of cloud cover that is rolling in from the West & Northwest. Some areas of light snow/flurry activity is associated with this warm front and will be hit & miss as this system moves across our area during the beginning of the work week. Not only will there be more cloud cover and a slight chance for isolated flurries/light snow, temps are expected to continue climbing. Through the beginning of the work week, high temperatures will be on either side freezing and even near & above freezing for some. This relief from extremely cold conditions is coming just after setting a new record of -31 in Bismarck. The old record for 12/17 was -27 set back in 1975. 

Normally low temperatures are recorded during the morning hours of that day, but last night was a little different and temps were very cold across much of Western & Central ND. 

Nevertheless, through the next 7days, seasonable temperatures are expected with a few days of temps climbing slightly above average for this time of the year. There will be a few chances for flurries & light snow. However, little to no accumulation is expected for all 3 events (Monday night, Tuesday night/Wednesday & Friday/Saturday). In total, next week most of our area will see less than 1″ with highest chances for accumulation on Wednesday. Parts of North Central & Northeast ND could see 1-3″, as well. 
After a cold front during the end of the work week, temps will fall back below average for this time of the year and to either side of zero for lows. 

 
Tonight, partly to mostly cloudy skies and not as cold. It will still be a little breezy at times with a few flurries possible. Lows in the single digits and teens with a West wind 5-15mph G20. Chills will be on either side of zero.
 
Monday will bring continued warming temps, in & out clouds and some areas of scattered light snow possible late. Highs in the 20s & 30s with a SW wind 10-20mph and chills in the single digits & teens.
 
Monday night, partly to mostly cloudy skies with moderate to strong winds and areas of patchy blowing snow. Lows in the 20s with a West wind 15-25mph G35, before calming. Chills in the teens & 20s.
 
Tuesday will bring a few lingering areas of light snow, early. More sunshine is expected with gradually increasing cover. Highs on either side of 30 with a West wind 5-15mph G20, before calming. Chills in the teens & 20s.
 
Tuesday night will bring continued increasing clouds and scattered snow showers picking up, after Midnight. Snow will become scattered as a weak system moves across the Dakotas, bringing light snowfall accumulations to parts of Western & Central ND. Lows in the teens & 20s with a SW wind 2-12mph.

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