Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Bismarck, ND

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
328 AM CDT Thu Apr 26 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 327 AM CDT Thu Apr 26 2018

Fairly quiet weather through the short term.

Slightly cooler today behind the frontal passage with highs in the
lower/upper 60s. A few fair-weather cumulus are possible with day
time heating but mostly sunny skies are expected as ridging begins
building in from the west. West/northwest winds will be breezy. The
strongest winds are expected in the north with gusts around 35 mph.
The mid-afternoon hours will bring a brief period of minimum RH
values in the lower 20s in northern and central areas. Fire weather
concerns are low at this time.

Tonight the next surface cold front scoots southward into southern
Canada, positioning for a southward push across the state through
Friday morning.

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Wednesday)
Issued at 327 AM CDT Thu Apr 26 2018

The extended kicks off with dry weather and mostly clear skies, as a
strong ridge sits over the Northern Plains. This will lead to
seasonal warmth for the weekend, with temperatures peaking on Sunday
to near 80 degrees in some locations. As the ridge axis moves over
North Dakota breezy southerly winds are also forecast for the

Chances for rain showers and a few thunderstorms are possible Sunday
night into Thursday, as an upper level low swings through North
Dakota bringing along sufficient moisture/lift/instability.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Thursday night)
Issued at 1224 AM CDT Thu Apr 26 2018

VFR conditions are expected through the 06Z TAF period. A cold
frontal boundary will continue a southeastward sweep across the
region tonight. Winds behind the front have shifted to the north and
were gusting to around 30 kt. Post frontal winds will be gusty through
08Z. This afternoon another round of gusty winds are expected between
17Z through 00Z with northwesterly winds gusting around 30 mph.




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