Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KFGF 120937

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
337 AM CST Thu Jan 12 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 324 AM CST Thu Jan 12 2017

Waiting and watching the cold front moving southeast around the
sfc low and 500 mb low near Dauphin at 09z. Timing of arrival of
these strong winds a bit slower than we had so coord with BIS and
ABR and some changes were made to headlines. Kept winter wx adv
09z start time DVL basin as gusty SW winds at times ahead of the
front but have end time 21z. Did delay onset of winter wx advisory
in the RRV til 12z and extended it south to the South Dakota
border. End time 21z. Kept wind chill adv til 18z in the eastern
fcst area. Thought process among the surrounding offices is to
hold off on the inevitable wind chill headlines til later today as
still some questions on how far south wind chill warnings will be

Strong winds approaching the Bottineau-Minot area at 0915z per
mesonet observations. Timing of the strong winds into DVL region
11-12z and then GFK 14z and Fargo area 15-16z. Could have broken
up advisory timing even more but tried to keep it simple as
possible and mention timing of winds arrival in WSW text.

Seeing wind gusts to 50kts in NW ND and SE Sask and there is some
threat for those higher wind gusts into E ND. Hard to ignore the
period of 50 kt at 925 mb into NE/ECNTRL ND. Something to watch.
Didnt go that high in the wind gusts grids...but have nr 40ks.

Will watch for blizzard conditions but agree with BIS that white
out conditions psbl but lasting 1-2 hours as that is what happened
in SE Sask.

Winds diminish quickly this evening and a cold night with lows mid
-20s to lower -30s. Did once again go lower than superblend and
toward the colder CONSMOS guidance for the typical cold spots
around Bemidji/Park Rapids/Fosston where 30s below seems much
easier to get. High pressure ridge is moving a bit faster now and
all but the far east is in southerly return flow by 12z Fri. Thus
coldest temps in the RRV and E ND may be more 06z-09z then steady
or a bit of rise. This reflected in hourly T grids. Still though
do get -40 to -45F wind chills tonight nrn 2/3 of the fcst area.
Will continue to hit this in social media/HWO/Top news.

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Wednesday)
Issued at 324 AM CST Thu Jan 12 2017

Warm up starts Friday with increasing south winds with gradual
temp rise into Saturday.

Sunday through Thursday...
A mainly tranquil period is forecast as the overall upper level
pattern trends toward a split flow...with the northern stream
initially in central Ontario and the southern stream across the
central and southern plains. Pattern eventually indicates a Rex
block over the intermountain west...which will push the northern
stream farther north allowing warm ridging to set up over the
Dakotas. Therefore...will keep conditions dry through the
period...and should see temperatures rebounding to near the freezing
mark by the end of the period.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Thursday night)
Issued at 1111 PM CST Wed Jan 11 2017

Winds will begin to increase and sites west of Minot are seeing
reduced vsbys of 1SM in BLSN. Not confident enough quite yet to
take vsbys down to 1/2SM to match up with winter weather advisory
headlines, so will keep vsbys in the 2SM range for now. Strongest
wind begin aft 15Z so will keep VFR vsbys through that time. Sure
there will be some lower vsbys in rural areas but, again,
confidence to pinpoint those vsbys at any specific aerodrome is
low attm.


ND...Winter Weather Advisory until 3 PM CST this afternoon for NDZ027-

     Wind Chill Advisory until 6 AM CST early this morning for NDZ027-

     Winter Weather Advisory until 3 PM CST this afternoon for

MN...Winter Weather Advisory until 3 PM CST this afternoon for

     Wind Chill Advisory until 6 AM CST early this morning for

     Wind Chill Advisory until noon CST today for MNZ006-009-016-017-

     Winter Weather Advisory until 3 PM CST this afternoon for MNZ004.



LONG TERM...Hopkins/Riddle
AVIATION...Speicher is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.