Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Bismarck, ND

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
332 PM CST Wed Feb 22 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Thursday)
Issued at 306 PM CST Wed Feb 22 2017

Latest radar analysis shows light snow tapering quickly across
western and central ND. There may be a mix over the far southern
James River Valley, but for the most part expect all snow late
this afternoon and evening. Strongest returns have moved into
eastern ND and we expect little or no additional accumulation. We
did keep a slight chance of precipitation though this evening.

With the rain and snow today, and generally light winds expected
tonight as high pressure moves across the area, have added a
mention of fog. Mostly cloudy skies will be a limiting factor but
there are some breaks showing up in the north. Numerical guidance
and mesoscale models are also hinting an possible fog tonight.

A storm system moves from the central Rockies into the central
plains on Thursday. We remain north of the system in western and
central ND. A northern stream shortwave could bring a few snow
showers to mainly northwest portions of the forecast area, with
little or no accumulation. After a low in the upper teens to mid
20s tonight, highs will climb into the mid 20s to mid 30s on

.LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Wednesday)
Issued at 306 PM CST Wed Feb 22 2017

The central plains storm system continues to track almost due east
Thursday night and Friday and we have manually removed any mention
of precipitation over the far southeast portion of the CWA for
that period. We remain cool and quiet during this timeframe across
the CWA. Friday night through Saturday night a clipper system
brings a reinforcing shot of cold air, possibly preceded by a shot
of light snow associated with the clipper.

We remain in an active northwest flow pattern on Sunday into the
middle of next week. Although no strong systems are expected
through early next week, a clipper bringing a shot of light snow
can be expected every 24 to 36 hours. At the end of the extended
period most deterministic models are trending farther south with
another storm system. Currently we are carrying some higher chance
pops. Expect this to continue to diminish with the next couple
model runs if models continue this trend.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Thursday evening)
Issued at 306 PM CST Wed Feb 22 2017

Widespread IFR and LIFR ceilings with light snow and fog will
continue across western and central ND this afternoon.
Precipitation will decrease from north to south during the
afternoon. Ceilings are accordingly forecast to rise back to the
MVFR range across all of the west and central by this
evening...but then back to IFR cigs and MVFR vsbys tonight in low
clouds and fog.




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