From the KX Storm Center:
Our break from extreme winter weather is coming to an end. We are in severe weather aware mode, this evening. It is the “calm before the storm” and our turning point will not be until tomorrow morning. Take this time to get your winter survival kit ready and stay ahead of the forecast. Through the past few days, we have been tracking the development of this low pressure system. Today, it is on the lee side of the Northern Rockies. To our east, there is a ridge of high pressure over the Great Lakes Region. Our developing low will move East & a cold front will sweep through the Dakotas. This means a few different things.
This next system will pack a little more of a punch, thank earlier systems. Snow chances will start to pick up, before sunrise tomorrow. Scattered snow will become widespread through the late morning & midday hours. As snow chances pick up, winds will become strong and gusty. Falling snow coupled with strong winds means the potential for blowing/drifting snow. This will be our biggest concern through most of tomorrow.
The threat of blowing/drifting snow has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a
Winter Weather Advisory for Western & most of Central ND, through Wednesday night. Advisories are set to expire between Midnight & 6am.
2″-4″ of snow is expected for much of our area. Highest totals will be South and along/north of hwy 2 may get less than 2″. Along & South of I-94 could be looking at totals up to 5″ or even more in some locations.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Eastern and parts of South Central ND, through Thursday morning.
2-4″ of snow is expected with winds gusting up to 40mph. This means tht not only is blowing/drifting snow expected. Blizzard conditions will be possible at times.
Light to moderate snow totals are forecast and our biggest threat comes with the potential of blowing/drifting snow. Travel conditions will become poor for many of us and temperatures will be falling through the day. Visibility will also be a concern, due to blowing snow. All of us will get some of this snow and unlike most events, model guidance is all over the place. There are a few different models that have 5″-8″ possible and they are also disagreeing in the placement of higher snow totals. So unlike normal, there is low confidence when it comes to some of these details.
As this system rolls through our state, temps will be falling as another round of Arctic air surges into the area. Temps will no longer be well above average for this time of the year. Instead, highs will fall into the single digits and even below zero with lows dipping well below zero and into the -teens. There are also a few different chances for snow: tomorrow, Friday & Not much improvement is expected in our temps, through the weekend.
Tonight, more clouds with scattered light mix & snow possible after Midnight. Lows in the teens & 20’s with a South/NW wind 5-15mph gusting up to 20mph.. Chills in the teens & single digits.
Wednesday will bring widespread, accumulating snow & strong winds. Temps will be falling all day and dipping into the single digits by 5pm. NW wind 15-25 mph gusting to 35mph & higher for some. Chills falling below zero and into the -teens, late. 2″-4″ expected with more possible.
Wednesday night, will bring some clearing, strong winds and even colder temps. Lows below zero with a NW wind 15-25mph G35. Chills will fall into the -teens & -20’s.
Thursday, continued clearing & still windy. Highs in the single digits with a NW wind 10-20mph & calming. Chills below zero and in the -teens.
Thursday night will bring more clouds before snow chances turn back on. Lows below zero and in the -teens with a NE/SE wind 2-10mph. Chills in the -teens & -20s.
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