Dorrell's PM Forecast Update Thursday 12/8

Temps get a little colder and a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect.

By Dorrell Wenninger |

Published 12/08 2016 06:45PM

Updated 12/08 2016 06:45PM

From the KX News Dakota Storm Center:

A broad ridge of high pressure will continue to build across the Northern & Central Plains. This high will temporarily anchor its self over the Dakotas tonight and through much of tomorrow. So, expect continued clearing skies with winds becoming light tonight. This set up will allow temps to fall even more than we have already seen. Since winds will not calm down completely for most of Western & Central ND, chills will make it feel much colder than it actually is. Temps will fall well into the negative teens for most of the state with a few areas not as cold, but still below zero. Add in a light wind and it will feel like it is in the negative 20s & negative 30s, for some. With chills in this range, hypothermia and frostbite will be possible. The frostbite time will be within 30 mins as chills fall into the forecast range. There is a Wind Chill Advisory in effect tonight from 6pm to Noon, on Friday. I would not be surprised if we saw comparable conditions, Friday night and into Saturday morning. After dangerously cold temps tonight & possibly again Saturday night, he biggest change that we will see (as we go into the weekend) is a chance for snow. A low pressure system will develop on the lee side of the Rockies (over Colorado & Wyoming) before moving through the Central & Southern Plains. So, starting Friday night and lasting through the morning and midday hours (Saturday). Cold temps will continue with a good chance for snow. There is some uncertainty with the forecast track of this low. A couple of the models keep it more to the south. If this scenario holds out, we will be looking at nuisance snowfall accumulations with areas of shovelable snow. However, there are a couple of other forecast models that are pointing to a different solution and higher accumulations through much of our area. That being said, we will continue to monitor the and analyze model guidance to keep everyone up to speed with any updates to the forecast. Over all, (at this point) it looks like our weekend snow chances will mainly affect our southern region with changes expected.

Tonight, will bring a bitterly cold feel with in & out clouds. Lows will be in the negative teens with a light NW wind, 2-10mph and chills in the -20s & -30s.

A wind chill advisory will be in effect for Western & Central ND after 6pm.

Friday will bring continued cold temps with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies and in & out clouds. Highs will be on either side of zero with a North/NE wind 2-12mph and chills in the -teens. 

A wind chill advisory will be in effect for Western & Central ND until Noon.

Friday night will bring increasing clouds with a few areas of light snow after Midnight. Lows below zero and in the -teens with a light wind out of the East,2-10mph and chills in the -teens & -20s. 20% chance for snow after Midnight. 

Saturday will bring cloudy skies with continued snow chances as a low moves across the Central & Northern plains from West to East. Light to moderate snowfall accumulations will be possible. Highs on either side of zero with an East/NE wind 5-15mph and chills in the -teens. 70% chance for snow with light to moderate accumulations possible and heavier snow, south. 

Saturday night will bring a few lingering flurries and light snow showers with mostly cloudy skies and some clearing. Lows below zero with a North/West wind 2-10mph. and chills in the -20s.

~Dorrell Wenninger - KX Weather


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