Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KFGF 230549

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
1149 PM CST Thu Feb 22 2018

Issued at 1149 PM CST Thu Feb 22 2018

Light snow continuing to push northward over the region. Most
reports received from southern counties have been in the 1 to 2
inch range, but a 4 inch report in the far southeastern corner of
the CWA at Staples, MN. Will continue to keep the winter weather
advisory going.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 325 PM CST Thu Feb 22 2018

The snow is expanding on radars to the south, but is still down
and south of Watertown SD. It will lift up into the far southern
FA in the next 2 to 3 hours, then continue to expand slowly
northward tonight. The initial onset of the snow is slower than
yesterday, and also lingers a little later into Friday morning.
However, general snow totals look about the same, with areas
within the advisory expected to pick up 3-5 or 3-6 inches, with
less outside the advisory. Like the previous shift noted, there
may be a sharper northward border to the snow, which is a little
further south than the models showed yesterday. The Grand Forks to
Baudette MN corridor is along this line, so these areas may pick
up a dusting or maybe not much at all. Wind speeds still look
pretty light throughout this event, so blowing and drifting snow
are not expected to be an impact. With the slower onset and
departure times, did make some adjustments to the timing on the
winter weather advisory. The snow should exit out of the eastern
FA by late Friday morning, with Friday afternoon looking dry.

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 325 PM CST Thu Feb 22 2018

The main focus for the extended outlook centers around a strong
Colorado low that is expected to develop in the central Plains
Saturday and propagate into the Great Lakes region Saturday night
and into Sunday morning. As a robust upper level trough moves out
over the Plains Saturday, lee cyclogenesis and upper level ascent
along a baroclinic zone will result in a strong surface low that is
expected to propagate to the northeast. While most deterministic
guidance agree with the development of this storm, timing and track
differences add uncertainty to the forecast. Long and medium range
ensemble guidance, along with analog guidance, suggest the greatest
risk area lies from northeast South Dakota through central/south
central Minnesota. Frontogenetical and upper level forcing signals
suggest the potential for snow banding to occur Saturday night
through Sunday across the risk area.

At this time, accumulating snowfall appears to be the biggest winter
weather threat to the FGF CWA with the best chance for accumulation
across western Minnesota and far southeastern North Dakota. Light
snow will be possible further north across northwest Minnesota and
northeast North Dakota, though there is much less confidence in
accumulation for these regions. Winds are forecast to be relatively
light until mid day Sunday when wind gusts of 20 to 25 knots will be
possible on the backside of the low in response to moderate pressure

Beyond this weekend, relatively quiet and calmer weather is
anticipated as a surface high builds over the northern Plains.
Southerly return flow should return by early next week and allow for
seasonal temperatures with highs in the mid to upper twenties and
overnight lows in the single digits and low teens.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
Issued at 1149 PM CST Thu Feb 22 2018

Ceilings down to MVFR with vis around a mile at KFAR and KBJI. The
snow will push into KGFK and KTVF shortly. There could be some
variation in visibility from 1SM to the 2-5SM range for much of
the night before snow tapers off around the 12-14Z time frame.
KDVL will remain VFR throughout the period. Ceilings will improve
to VFR by the afternoon hours, then clear out completely late in
the period. Winds will remain below 12 kts, with light and
variable winds overnight shifting to the northwest, west, then
southwest by tomorrow evening.


ND...Winter Weather Advisory until 3 AM CST Friday for NDZ052-053.

MN...Winter Weather Advisory until 6 AM CST Friday for MNZ024-028-

     Winter Weather Advisory until 3 AM CST Friday for MNZ029.



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