Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
634 AM CST Tue Dec 6 2016

Issued at 634 AM CST Tue Dec 6 2016

No changes made with the update. Widespread blizzard conditions
continue per obs and reports from the public. I94 remains closed
from Dickinson to Valley City with no travel advised for most of
the region. Numerous observations with sustained winds of 35 to
45 mph with gusts around 50 mph along with 1/4SM or less
visibility in snow and blowing snow.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 326 AM CST Tue Dec 6 2016

A major winter storm continues across North Dakota this Tuesday

A deep 994mb surface low continues to pivot across northeast North
Dakota. As it does, wrap around moisture continues to stream into
central North Dakota. This is leading to moderate snowfall across
a wide swath of central and eastern North Dakota. A steep pressure
gradient and strong cold air advection are combining to produce
wind gusts up to 50 mph. This moderate snowfall is combining with
the high winds to limit visibility, to near zero at times. Latest
short-term guidance suggests the snowfall will end later this
morning, but the strong winds will persist through the afternoon
and maybe even into the evening hours. This will create dangerous
travel conditions nearly Statewide through the day.

Temperatures continue to fall today, with wind chills dipping down
to around 20 below. Basically, today is a great day to stay

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday through Monday)
Issued at 326 AM CST Tue Dec 6 2016

Bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills highlight
the long term.

Reinforcing shots of cold air will keep temperatures very cold
through the next week...potentially even longer. Wind chills will
be below zero all day...everyday...for the next week.

There will be a break from snowfall for a couple of days after the
Tuesday storm departs. Chances for snow will return Friday and
Saturday as an active patter sets up.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Wednesday morning)
Issued at 634 AM CST Tue Dec 6 2016

With the exception of KISN which was experiencing MVFR conditions,
all other sites were LIFR with strong northwest winds, low cigs
and reduced visibility in snow and blowing snow. Conditions will
slowly improve from west to east during the day and tonight with
gusty northwest winds continuing overnight.


Blizzard Warning until 6 PM CST /5 PM MST/ this evening for

Blizzard Warning until 9 AM CST /8 AM MST/ this morning for

Winter Weather Advisory until 6 PM CST this evening for NDZ048-

Winter Weather Advisory until 11 AM MST this morning for NDZ040-



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