Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
702 PM CDT Wed Mar 22 2017

.UPDATE...
Issued at 701 PM CDT Wed Mar 22 2017

Tweaked winds and pops for tonight. Radar showing light snow mainly
over the MN side of the Red River and moving to the east at 20-25
knots.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Thursday)
Issued at 310 PM CDT Wed Mar 22 2017

Pcpn chances main challenge through the short term. Current modest
radar returns in fairly narrow swath ahead of weak wave cresting
upper ridge will continue to propagate from the valley region
eastward early this evening. High resolution model guidance just
starting to grab on to current radar trends and continues to
weaken band through the evening. Once this band passes the
remainder of the night should be pcpn free. Mixing and warm
advection overnight should result in only a minor temperature
drop. Gusty winds should simmer this evening.

As upper ridge shifts east region gets under mid level sw flow for
tomorrow. Flow is split with main energy to our south however
guidance implies approach of northern stream wave from mid day on.
QG forcing weak however band of F-gen forcing should aid in
developing a band of -ra base on thermal profiles. Models still
off on coverage but at this time the favorable area looks to be
across the north. With uncertainty will continue with chance pops
for now. Thickening cloud cover will limit warming however with
continued warm advection temperatures should be able to reach or
exceed 40.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Wednesday)
Issued at 310 PM CDT Wed Mar 22 2017

The tail end of Thursday`s precipitation should be gradually exiting
the forecast area Thursday night. As temperatures begin dropping
overnight, there could be a few hours of some mixed precip but
chances should move east quickly enough to avoid any real impacts.
Models still keep a deep upper low propagating across the
southern/central CONUS late in the work week but continue to keep
any precipitation chances associated with it to our south.

As the previously mentioned upper low eventually heads towards the
upper Ohio Valley region, brief upper ridging will build into the
Northern Plains. Saturday should bring a nice start to the weekend
with fairly light southerly winds along with hopefully some
sunshine. By the second half of the weekend, another upper low is
progged to develop on the heels of the one from late in the week. At
this time, models depict the bulk of this system also tracking to
our south. However, a few spits of some light precip isn`t out of
the question as an associated upper trough swings through the area.
Amounts look to be pretty light once again with not much for impacts
expected.

Broad upper ridging will return to the area to start the new work
week before models begin diverging on their solutions for another
potential wave midweek.

Not much change in thermal profiles throughout the period with highs
in the 40s and lows ranging from around, or just below, freezing
across the north while remaining just a bit milder in the south.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Thursday evening)
Issued at 701 PM CDT Wed Mar 22 2017

MVFR conditions were located over the Devils Lake basin and
southward. Cigs generally rise to the east with VFR conditions over
the rest of the area. Expect MVFR conditions to dissipate over the
Devil Lake basin this evening. Lower VFR cigs will shift east for
the rest of the night. Expect MVFR/IFR conditions to return to the
southeast half of the area by 17Z Thu with light rain or snow
returning.

&&

.FGF WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
ND...None.
MN...None.
&&

$$

UPDATE...JH
SHORT TERM...Voelker
LONG TERM...Lee
AVIATION...JH



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