Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
315 PM CST Thu Dec 8 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 145 PM CST Thu Dec 8 2016

Main impacts/challenges through the short term will be
temperatures and wind chill potential overnight into Friday

Actually, global models handling current shsn area better than
the high resolution models which are generally dry. As weak mid
level short wave shifts eastward overnight any lingering -sn
should shift east of the Red River which current radar trends
indicating. Kept higher chance pops going east of the river
through mid evening and later shifts can adjust if necessary.

Once we get substantial snow cover temperatures are always a
challenge and highly dependent on cloud cover. Clearing spreading
slowly east through the western forecast area however guidance
stalls out clearing before reaching the valley region. Cold
advection continues overnight and with winds diminishing,fresh
snow, and some degree of clearing, the western forecast area will
cool down the most. There will be just enough wind that if skies
remain clear wind chill criteria will be met and will issue a wind
chill advisory for this area. Farther east clouds and mixing will
hold temperatures up.

Surface high pressure will continue to build slowly east through
the day so winds should be lighter. Cold advection levels off
however with cold column in place and colder start temperatures
will show minimal recovery in the single digits above and below

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 145 PM CST Thu Dec 8 2016

Main forecast concern Friday night will be how cold the overnight
lows will be. If skies completely clear, look for temperatures to be
around the low 20s below zero. However, right now some clouds
lingering are not out of the question, so kept lows around the mid
teens below zero. Next area of concern is the system coming through
midday Saturday through Sunday. The global models have the main
swath of snow brushing the southern CWA with a few inches. The NAM
has a further north solution, but that seems to be an outlier right
now. We will lean towards the southern solutions for now, but will
continue to monitor. Looking to early next week, a secondary trough
will bring more cold air to the region. Temperatures will remain
well below seasonal averages throughout the extended period.
Wednesday and Thursday look fairly quiet with northwest flow aloft,
but still cold.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 1223 PM CST Thu Dec 8 2016

MVFR cigs sandwiched between areas of VFR across the western and
eastern forecast area. VFR conditions could expand this afternoon
however another shortwave dropping through the broad trough may
bring more lower cigs back in tonight.


ND...Wind Chill Advisory from midnight tonight to noon CST Friday
for NDZ006-007-014-015-024-026-028-038-054.


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