Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Bismarck, ND

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
347 AM CST Sat Feb 25 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 324 AM CST Sat Feb 25 2017

With the h500 flow from the northwest and several weak shortwaves
expected to move through the northern plains today and tonight
will see an active weather pattern for light snow. The first weak
system and associated cold front is currently moving through
central North Dakota bringing a band of light snow along with it.
This area not expected to produce more than a half an inch for
the most part through noon today.

A little more robust system will follow tonight into Sunday
morning. This has the potential to spread an inch or two across
central North Dakota tonight. For the most part accepted the
CONSHORT guidance for the forecast but raised the winds across the
James River Valley late tonight where the departing low and
advancing high produce 3 to 4 mb pressure rises in 3 hours. If
there were more fresh snow on the ground would add blowing snow
however with the recent warm weather not much to blow around for
this area and new snow not enough either.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday through Friday)
Issued at 324 AM CST Sat Feb 25 2017

For the extended period a quasi-stationary h500 trough will remain
over the central CONUS through Wednesday. Within this trough
several shortwaves will roll through the region but none of these
impulses should cause significant snow but will have some chances
off and on. Temperatures will remain near or a bit below normal
until the end of the week. By then the h500 trough moves east and
a strengthening mid level west to northwest flow should bring a
chinook flow to portions of the high plains. Some warming will
likely reach far western North Dakota with highs possibly reaching
the 40s across the southwest Friday.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Saturday night)
Issued at 1150 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

At 11 pm CST a cold front extended through northwest North Dakota
into northeast Montana. An area of snow associated with the front
will move through western and north central North Dakota tonight
bringing MVFR/IFR conditions in snow. The snow will spread into
the south central Saturday morning. Additional periods of snow are
possible area wide Saturday afternoon and evening as a stronger
Alberta clipper impacts the area.




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