Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KBIS 250231

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
931 PM CDT Mon Oct 24 2016

Issued at 928 PM CDT Mon Oct 24 2016

The forecast for tonight continues to remain on track and was
blended to observed trends through 02 UTC.

UPDATE Issued at 651 PM CDT Mon Oct 24 2016

Little change other than to blend to observed trends through 23
UTC. A relatively mild overnight is expected with lows in the
upper 30s and lower 40s with continued southeasterly flow beneath
mid to upper level cloud cover ahead of low pressure across
central Montana into eastern Wyoming.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Tuesday)
Issued at 204 PM CDT Mon Oct 24 2016

In the short term an h500 shortwave ridge over the north central
will flatten as a shortwave moves from teh northwest CONUS through
the northern plains on Tuesday. There appears to be sufficient
moisture available to support a likely chance for rain across the
James river valley on Tuesday. Also the Ensemble Situational Table
has places the GEFS mean QPF above 90th percentile across the James
river valley. This is consistent with the last several forecast

We did add a period of drizzle and fog across southwest North
Dakota after coordinating with Rapid City. This will be around
sunrise through noon Tuesday in moist low level upslope flow.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday night through Monday)
Issued at 204 PM CDT Mon Oct 24 2016

The main feature in the extended period will be the exiting
shortwave Tuesday night. The rain will end by Wednesday morning
after which the H500 ridge returns across the northern plains
bringing dry weather Wednesday into Thursday. Another ridge
running h500 shortwave trough will bring a cold front through the
region Friday and Saturday for a cooldown from the 60s on
Thursday to the 40s by Saturday. This will also bring gusty
northwest winds at least 20 to 30 mph Friday afternoon. Current
guidance keeps the majority of precipitation north in Canada with
this system. Return flow around surface high pressure will bring
slightly moderating temperatures back into the 50s Sunday to 40s
and 50s Monday.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Tuesday evening)
Issued at 928 PM CDT Mon Oct 24 2016

VFR conditions tonight will transition to MVFR Tuesday morning in
stratus across much of western and central North Dakota. Ceilings
will continue to lower into the afternoon central, with IFR
conditions possible in rain.




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