Expect the rest of Friday to have clear skies, but the winds will be picking up. This trend will be for the next few days of windy conditions. This is all due to a low pressure system that is passing to the north in Canada over the weekend. Winds will be gusty at around 40 mph at times throughout the next couple of days. When the winds are breezy it is because of the pressure gradient that is associated with the low pressure system. The more tightly compact the gradient is, the stronger the winds. In addition, to the winds, rain showers and an occasional thunderstorm will also be possible in North Dakota on Saturday and Sunday. Along with this, temperatures will be cooler by Tuesday and this trend will continue all the way through the end of the week. An average high temperature for this time of year is in the mid 60s and lows are near 40 degrees.
Friday night, a partly cloudy sky and lows near 50 degrees, above average. Winds gusty, near 25 mph, and sustained at 10-20 mph from the southeast.
Saturday, skies mostly sunny to start and then increasing clouds through the day. A few showers are possible. Highs near 70 degrees and winds breezy at 15-25 mph from the southeast and gusts near 35 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Saturday night, lows in the lower 50s with cloudy skies and a few late night morning showers are possible. Winds will be southeast at 10-20 mph and gusting to near 25 mph at times. Chance of rain 20%.
Sunday, a mainly cloudy sky and rain shower and thunderstorms possible, with higher chances in the afternoon. Highs near 60 degrees and winds breezy at 15-25 mph and gusting near 30 mph from the southeast.
Sunday night, showers clearing early then only a few clouds. Lows near 40 degrees and winds continue to be breezy from the west.
~Heidi Werosta, KX Storm Team