Temperatures will remain mild tonight with mostly dry conditions, although a few showers are possible by early morning. As a surface low approaches tomorrow, winds from the south will pick up in response. Highs will reach the 80s for many, and moisture will increase, fueling instability. An incoming cold front will force thunderstorm development across central North Dakota by the evening, and with the instability available,storms could become strong to severe quite quickly. Strong winds and large hail will be the threats with any storm that forms. Expect mostly dry weather Thursday with cooler temperatures. A powerful jet stream will then set up a large trough across the western part of the country, with North Dakota on the cooler side of an incredibly active weather pattern. Rain is likely beginning Friday through the weekend and into next week, with temperatures well below seasonal averages. In fact, it’s not impossible that snow could mix in, particularly across our southwestern counties on Saturday.
-Meteorologist Dave Holder