Dorrell’s PM Forecast Update | Wednesday 5/24

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From the KX Storm Center:
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the western third of North Dakota. Strong winds will continue at 30-40mph G50, for some.
A Wind Advisory means that winds of 30 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
 
Across the state it is mostly sunny with more clouds rolling in from the West. A line of showers & thunderstorms is stretched North to South, across Eastern Montana & moving East. At this point, there have been a few thunderstorms that were capable of producing light hail at times. So, the line is mostly rain. Right now, it is dry across most of North Dakota and this will play a role in thunderstorm development, this evening and tonight. Though there is some significant wind shear, dry conditions will hold back thunderstorm development. 
The past couple of model runs have also backed off on rainfall accumulation. Any and all rain is welcome right now. We need it. However, tonight/Thursday’s rain will not put too much of a dent in our rainfall deficit. 
Thursday will bring scattered showers & a few thunderstorms and winds will stay strong through tomorrow. Friday & Saturday it will still be breezy with rain chances back in the forecast as we go into the weekend.

A closer look at the Memorial Day weekend: 
Our long- range models are not lining up at all. That being said, temperatures will climb from the mid to upper 60s into the lower 70s and there is a chance for rain. At this point, showers & thunderstorms will be scattered Saturday/Sunday with lingering rain chances by Monday. The good news is that it does not look like a washout with no risk for severe weather. However, a lot can change. There is also a chance that our weekend system will hold off and move through a little later. So, we will continue to monitor rain chances and update everyone with changes. 
 
Tonight, mostly cloudy with widespread showers & thunderstorms as a front moves East. Lows in the 40s with a few 50s and a South/SW wind 5-15mph G20. 70% chance of rain.
 
Thursday, mostly sunny to partly cloudy with some scattered rain and it will be windy again. Highs in the 60s & 70s with a SW/West wind 15-25mph G40. 20% chance of a few lingering showers. 
 
Thursday night, mostly clear to partly cloudy and a little cool. Lows in the 40s with a few 30s and a west wind and calming down to 5-15mph G25.
 
Friday will be mostly sunny and breezy. Highs in the 60s & 70s with a W/NW wind 10-20mph G30. 
 
Friday night, partly cloudy with seasonable temps. Lows in the 40s with a West wind 5-15mph G20. 
 

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