Tuesday’s PM Forecast Update 6/6

From the KX Storm Center:

Across the state it is not as warm with temps in the 70s for Western & Central ND. Temps are still in the 80s with a few 90s for Eastern ND. The broad range in temps is due to a slow moving cold front that is still affecting much of the state. Not only is there more than a 20 degree spread in temps, scattered rain & there have been a few light thunderstorms through the day. Today’s rain chances are much different than yesterday’s. Though more of us could get some needed rain. The environment is not as “set up” for any risk of severe weather. Scattered rain will wrap up this evening & tonight with only a few isolated showers expected through Wednesday & Thursday. In fact, a ridge of high pressure will build over the state and gradually move East. This means that more sunshine will lead to warmer temps. Daytime highs will climb out of the 70s, through the 80s and into the 90s. By Thursday, winds will pick up & become breezy. Mid to long range models are pointing to even stronger winds as we wrap up the work week and go through the weekend. Also, rain chances will be back in play during this time with off/on rain chances. Showers & thunderstorms will be scattered, not affecting everyone and leading to more light rain totals. 
18 counties in North Dakota have burn restrictions and Ward county is considering to follow up with their own. Several other counties & cities have voluntary water restrictions as well. All of this is due to abnormally dry conditions with a moderate drought for some. There may be relief ahead.
So through the rest of the work week and weekend, expect more sunshine and another warm up through Friday. Winds will increase and climb into a windy range with scattered rain/thunderstorms. Next week may bring another change up. There are only a couple of long-range models that will bring us past the weekend. One of them in particular is showing significant & even high rainfall totals for next week. It is still too far out to take this data to the bank. That being said, we do need the rain and it would be nice. At this point there is no risk for severe weather (for North Dakota) during the next 7 days. 
Tonight, mostly clear and slightly cooler with rain chances ending. Lows in the 40s & 50s and near average for this time of the year. N/NW wind 2-10mph with a 20% chance of rain.
Wednesday, plenty of sunshine with temps near & above average and a few isolated showers (East) possible. Highs in the 70s & 80s with a NW wind 2-12mph .
Wednesday night, partly cloudy with seasonable temps. Lows in the 50s with a few 40s and a Light NE wind, 2-12mph.
Thursday, winds will become breezy for some with a few isolated showers possible (South) to start things off. Mostly sunny with a little more warming. Highs in the 80s with a few 70s and an East/SE wind 5-15mph G20-25.
Thursday night, mostly clear & breezy. Lows in the 50s & 60s with an East/SE wind 5-15mph G25. 

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