Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Grand Forks, ND

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FXUS63 KFGF 171910

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
110 PM CST Wed Jan 17 2018

Issued at 110 PM CST Wed Jan 17 2018

Clear skies will continue through the rest of the afternoon, with
high temperatures in the upper 20s to low 30s. Southerly winds
will begin to switch to the west, and will remain gusty throughout
the afternoon, which could lead to some blowing and drifting snow
in some areas, especially in open country. Sites that have already
seen the wind shift to the west have seen some notable temperature
increases, warming several degrees in a short period of time.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 359 AM CST Wed Jan 17 2018

Warmer today with warmer air moving in aloft. Clipper system will
move across southern MAN tonight with colder air clipping the
northeast zones.

Water vapor loop indicated a short wave trough over southern ALTA.
Trough will move across southern MAN and will produce light
snow/freezing rain mainly over northern MN for tonight.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday through Tuesday)
Issued at 359 AM CST Wed Jan 17 2018

Minor weather impacts expected through the extended period and
limited to light precip potential. Well above normal temps to end
the week with highs in the 30s Thursday to Saturday. Cooler air
returns Sunday, highs in the 20s, as winds shift to the NW with the
temperatures continuing to cool with highs Monday and Tuesday in
the teens.

Limited precip for the region in the extended with a slight chance
of a wintry mix Friday morning along the International Border
region. As a central plains storm system develops over the weekend
there will be a chance for light snow along the southern third of
the area as GEFS guidance indicates about a third of the solutions
bringing light snow to the Fargo area. This system bares watching
with its synoptic scale features a wide area will see measurable
snow and wind so any change in its track or its expected evolution
is still very possible.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Thursday afternoon)
Issued at 110 PM CST Wed Jan 17 2018

Clear skies and VFR conditions will continue through the rest of
the day. Winds will be gusty from the south and will gradually shift
to the west later in the afternoon.




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