Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Bismarck, ND

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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND
345 AM CST FRI JAN 23 2015

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY AND TONIGHT)

ISSUED AT 345 AM CST FRI JAN 23 2015

NO MAJOR FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS IN THE SHORT TERM PERIOD AS WE WILL
BE IN BETWEEN TWO WEATHER SYSTEMS.

CURRENTLY...ONE IN A SERIES OF MID LEVEL S/WV TROUGHS/CLIPPER
SYSTEMS MOVING NOW SOUTHEAST TOWARDS NORTHERN MN/NORTHERN GREAT
LAKES REGION. ITS ASSOCIATED SFC TROUGH NOW STRETCHED FROM NORTH
CENTRAL MINNESOTA TO ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN NORTH DAKOTA.
PRECIPITATION REMAINS ALONG THE SFC TROUGH AXIS OVER SOUTHEASTERN
ND INCLUDING THE SOUTHERN JAMES RIVER VALLEY. BOTH SURFACE/GROUND
TEMPERATURES AND AIR TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING SO ANY
PRECIPITATION THAT IS REACHING THE GROUND WILL FREEZE ON CONTACT.
HAVE A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR THIS ACTIVITY. PRECIPITATION
WILL CONTINUE QUICKLY SOUTH AND EAST AND SHOULD EXIT THE LOCAL
AREA BY 10-11Z.

BOUNDARY LAYER TEMPERATURES NEUTRAL TODAY AS CAA ASSOCIATED WITH
THE ABOVE MENTIONED SFC TROUGH ALREADY OCCURRING. A MOSTLY CLEAR
SKY WILL RESULT IN DAYTIME HIGHS FROM THE MID 30S TO LOWER 40S.

LOWS IN THE 20S TONIGHT WITH INCREASING CLOUDS AHEAD OF OUR NEXT
CLIPPER SET TO IMPACT THE REGION SATURDAY.


.LONG TERM...(SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 345 AM CST FRI JAN 23 2015

CONTINUED MILD LATE JANUARY TEMPERATURES HIGHLIGHT THE MAJORITY OF
THE EXTENDED FORECAST...BEFORE A POTENTIAL COOL DOWN TO NEAR
NORMAL VALUES LATE NEXT WEEK.

THE 00 UTC AND INCOMING 06 UTC DETERMINISTIC AND ENSEMBLE SUITES
ARE IN AGREEMENT ON A CLIPPER SYSTEM TO IMPACT THE NORTHERN PLAINS
ON SATURDAY. THE HIGHEST QPF TOTALS CONTINUE TO BE PLACED ACROSS
EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA INTO NORTHWEST MINNESOTA COINCIDENT WITH THE
GREATEST UPPER LEVEL FORCING...WITH RATHER LIGHT PRECIPITATION
AMOUNTS CENTRAL AND WEST. GIVEN HIGHS FORECAST TO BE
IN THE 40S WEST...AND 30S CENTRAL ON SATURDAY...MOSTLY RAIN IS
EXPECTED ACROSS THE WEST...WITH A RAIN AND SNOW MIX
CENTRAL...ESPECIALLY AFTER SUNSET. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATIONS
ARE EXPECTED. THEREAFTER...ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST
TO CONTINUE ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF NEXT
WEEK ON THE EASTERN EDGE OF THE MEAN WESTERN CONUS UPPER LEVEL
RIDGE. A POTENTIAL PATTERN SHIFT BACK TO NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES
IS POSSIBLE NEXT WEEK WITH A DEEPENING CENTRAL AND EASTERN CONUS
TROUGH.


&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 06Z TAFS THROUGH 06Z FRIDAY NIGHT)

ISSUED AT 345 AM CST FRI JAN 23 2015

CLOUDS WILL DECREASE NOW THROUGH 12Z. VFR MID AND HIGH LEVEL
CLOUDS THROUGH THE FORECAST PERIOD WITH A MODERATE WEST TO
NORTHWEST FLOW.


&&

.BIS WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM...NH
LONG TERM...AYD
AVIATION...NH








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