Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
1152 PM CST Sun Feb 18 2018

Issued at 1145 PM CST Sun Feb 18 2018

No major changes were needed for this update. Just blended the
latest observations with the going forecast.

UPDATE Issued at 936 PM CST Sun Feb 18 2018

Light snow continues over the southwest as shown on current
observations and webcams, so have increased precipitation chances
over that area. Otherwise, remainder of forecast appears in good

UPDATE Issued at 643 PM CST Sun Feb 18 2018

Main forecast challenge continues to be the snow development over
southwestern North Dakota. Webcams suggest that some very light
snow has developed over parts of the area, but expect additional
development to occur late tonight into early Monday morning.
Otherwise, mainly quiet conditions expected tonight over remaining


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Monday)
Issued at 257 PM CST Sun Feb 18 2018

A period of light snow along and south of I-94 is the main concern
in the short term.

Currently at upper levels, a longwave trough was established over
the Pacific Northwest states, with southwest flow aloft streaming
from the base of the trough northeastward across the northern US
Rockies into the Dakotas. Meanwhile at the surface, low pressure
upstream from the trough was centered over Colorado with an inverted
trough extending from Colorado northeastward towards Minnesota.

Saturday night through this morning, a west-east band of moderate to
heavy snow developed mainly between ND highway 200 and US highway 2,
where reports of 3-5 inches of snow were received. This heavier band
of snow had dissipated this afternoon.

Tonight through Monday night, the west coast upper level trough
continues to dig and expand across California and Nevada, and
another series of upper level impulses streaming northeastward from
the base of the upper level trough expands light to moderate
snowfall from Wyoming and South Dakota and into southern North

The models are depicting the strongest upper level impulses
reaching southwestern ND tonight and expanding across south central
ND on Monday, then the main forcing shifts to south central and
southeastern ND Monday afternoon and night.

Snowfall summary: 1-4 inches of snow along and south of I-94
expected during the 36-hour period beginning tonight and ending
Tuesday morning. Best accumulations of 2-4 inches in the counties
along the SD border.

Timing: tonight through Monday afternoon for the southwest...and
Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning for the south

A winter weather advisory has been issued for far southwestern ND
(Bowman/Slope/Adams counties) beginning this evening through Monday
afternoon for accumulations of 3-4 inches of snow in this 24-hour

A special weather statement has been issued for south central ND
counties farther east of the advisory to address the snow beginning
mainly Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning for 3-4 inches
of snow accumulation.

.LONG TERM...(Monday night through Sunday)
Issued at 257 PM CST Sun Feb 18 2018

Tuesday through Sunday, the upper level trough weakens a bit
and merges with the already established Hudson Bay Low, keeping a
cyclonic flow aloft over North Dakota, keeping below average
temperatures in the forecast with some small chances of
light snow off and on throughout the week and into next weekend.
There is a potential for dangerous wind chills Tuesday
night/Wednesday morning.  A slight warmup is possible by the end of
the work week.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Monday night)
Issued at 1145 PM CST Sun Feb 18 2018

Snow falling over southwest North Dakota will spread south central
through the overnight hours. Lower ceilings will also spread north
and east, bringing widespread MFVR/IFR conditions over western and
central North Dakota by Monday afternoon. Snow chances will also
increase over KDIK/KBIS/KJMS through Monday afternoon, bringing
periods of IFR and possibly LIFR visibilities to these stations
under any heavier snow bands. Breezy northerly winds will be
likely over the southern James River Valley through Monday


Winter Weather Advisory until 5 PM MST Monday for NDZ040-043-044.



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