From the KX Storm Center:
An active weather pattern will start up tonight with several weak systems moving through the Dakotas through the rest of the work week and this weekend. All together, we are looking at 4 different clippers. Each will bring an uptick in winds with a chance of rain/snow and cooler temps. The first system will roll through the state, tonight.
A clipper is over Southern Canada, just North of Montana. This quick moving low pressure system has brought more clouds over our area. Expect continued increasing clouds with scattered rain/mix moving into Northwest ND around the 10pm show. Hit & miss precip will move through our area quickly, followed by much stronger winds and some clearing.
There is a Wind Advisory in effect for Central and much of Western ND. Starting after Midnight, winds will increase to 25-35mph with gusts up to 50 possible. These strong winds will continue through tomorrow morning and into the afternoon.
There will be some clearing in the wake of this evening’s front. This will set us up for a few hours to view a celestial show.
The Geminid Meteor Shower will be visible for parts of our area tonight. Though the show peaks tomorrow night, our local forecast has cloudy skies, scattered snow and cooler temps for Western & Central ND. So, the best and only time to view the meteor shower will be tonight. At its peak of the “Gems” spectators could expect between 100 & 120 meteors per hour. Since, our best viewing will be the night before, about half (40-60) will be possible.
After sunset (8-9pm) look East Northeast for the Gemini constellation, this time of the year. However, due to a passing clipper, it will not be until after Midnight that we start to see clearing. If you cannot find Gemini, look for Orion’s Belt to orient yourself. Then look up & left to find Gemini. This will be the radiant (origin) of the show. If clouds move out enough, it will be a good show.
A second clipper will move through, Wednesday night with higher snow chances and most of us can expect up to an inch with 1″-3″ possible for some. Higher totals will be scattered and not for everyone. Tomorrow & Wednesday will bring gradual cooling with highs topping out in the 30s. By the end of the work week, it will warm up a bit more with highs reaching back into the 40s. But, it is not over yet, Another weak clipper is expected Thursday/Friday. More are on the way Friday/Saturday & Sunday/Monday.
Tonight, scattered/light mix and snow is possible for parts of Western & Central ND. Expect some clearing & stronger winds, after Midnight. Lows in the 20s & 30s with a West/NW wind picking up to 15-25mph and gusting to 40mph. Chills dipping into the 20s with a few teens. 20% chance of rain/mix.
Wednesday will be partly to mostly cloudy and slightly cooler with continued, stronger winds. Highs in the 30s & a few 40s with a NW wind 25-35mph, gusting near 50mph.
Wednesday night, increasing clouds with rising snow chances. Lows in the 20s with a NW wind 10-20mph. 40% chance of snow with chills in the teens. Less than 1″ of snow expected.
Thursday, snow ending with some clearing and colder temps. Highs in the 30s & 20s (East) with a NW wind 10-20mph, gusting up to 30mph. 50% chance of snow early with chills in the teens & 20s.
Thursday night mostly cloudy with a little more clearing. Lows in the 20s & teens with a SW wind 5-15mph. Chills in the teens.
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