Wednesday’s PM Forecast Update | 1/17

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From the KX Storm Team:
Unseasonably warm temps are not over, yet. Through the rest of the work week, it will continue to warm up. More of Western & Central ND will have highs reaching into the 40s. Not only are we looking at temperatures well above freezing and into the 40s, abundant sunshine will continue. Our weather pattern will remain mostly calm through the weekend. 
The snow pack will be melting during the day. Overnight temps will fall back into the 20’s & teens, causing a refreeze. So, each morning will bring the threat of slick road conditions. This is nothing new to us, but you should still use caution and be aware that slick roads are possible. Also, warmer temps and added moisture (from melting snow) will lead to higher humidity values during the AM hours. So, areas of fog will also be possible with reduced visibility and the potential for freezing fog. 
A ridge of high pressure is over the Lower- Mississippi River Valley & Gulf Coast states. This high will remain anchored well to our south through the weekend. It extends North, into the Central Plains & a little into the Dakotas. This is providing plenty of sunshine across the central U.S. The closest low is over Southern Canada and well to our North. An associated warm front is stretched South and into ND. This feature moved across the state is the reason we warmed up so much. Well to our West and still over the Pacific Ocean is our next weather changer. A low pressure system is occluded and will soon begin to move inland, over the Pacific Coast. It will redevelop on the lee side of the mountains (over Canada) and begin to move East. This process will take a couple of days and by Friday, a cold front will move through the state.
The good news about Friday’s front is that it will not be hard-hitting. Expect scattered rain/snow showers, early Friday. In the wake of this system, it will get breezy with slightly cooler temps. Highs will fall back into the teens & 20s with lows in the single digits, by the beginning of next week. So, temperatures will be closer to average for this time of the year. 
Through the next 7days, there will be a few chances for rain & snow. At this point, we are not looking at any extreme or severe winter weather. 

Tonight will stay mostly clear with a few more clouds and temps well above zero. Lows in the teens & 20’s with a West wind 2-12mph gusting up to 20mph for some. Chills in the teens & single digits.

Thursday will be partly cloudy with a few more clouds rolling in and still warm. Highs in the 30’s & 40’s with a West wind 5-15mph, gusting up to 20mph. 

Thursday night, more clouds rolling in as a cold front approaches with a few rain/snow showers possible, after Midnight. Lows in the 20’s & 30’s with a West wind 2-12mph. 20% chance of rain/snow showers.

Friday will be mostly cloudy with scattered rain/mix, followed by a little clearing. Highs in the 30s & 40s with a NW/West wind 5-15mph, gusting up to 20.

Friday night, clouds will start to move out with calming wind. Lows mostly in the 20’s with a light wind out of the West. 

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~Dorrell Wenninger – KX Storm Team

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