Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
220 PM CDT Sat Apr 21 2018

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday night)
Issued at 156 PM CDT Sat Apr 21 2018

An upper level ridge moves east tonight as a shortwave trough
swings just north of us over Saskatchewan and Manitoba by Sunday
morning. We will transition to quasi-zonal through the afternoon
and evening, as a subtle ridge moves across the west late in
advance of a deepening West coast trough. Widespread highs in the
60s are in the forecast for Sunday afternoon.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday)
Issued at 156 PM CDT Sat Apr 21 2018

Models are in general agreement regarding the approaching trough.
As the associated upper low tracks across southeastern Montana and
southwestern North Dakota, rain chances will increase Monday
afternoon over the southwest, and eventually into the south
central by the overnight hours. There may be a brief period when
the rain mixes with light snow late, but little to no accumulation
is expected. There will be a tight pressure gradient associated
with this upper level shortwave that will be extending north
northeast from a surface low that will develop over northern
Wyoming before moving near the South Dakota Nebraska border. This
gradient will bring breezy northerly winds to the southwest and
south central Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning.

Thursday, a dry cold frontal passage will bring a brief cool down,
mainly across the east. By the end of the week a fairly well
deified temperature gradient, from east to west looks plausible,
warmer to the west and cooler to the east. This may be more
pronounced than the Superblend guidance currently has due to the
Bias Corrected grids from the early April Temperatures. This
should sort itself out with time and opted to stick with the
Superblend, which may be cooler, at this time.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Sunday afternoon)
Issued at 1227 PM CDT Sat Apr 21 2018

VFR conditions will continue through the forecast period.




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