Tuesday's PM Forecast Update 1/14

An active weather pattern with ups & downs in temps and low precip chances.

From the KX Storm Center:
The biggest headlines in our forecast include a cold front tonight with temps falling 20-30 degrees by tomorrow afternoon. Winds will be breezy at times, and get ready for a roller-coaster of temperatures.
This afternoon, temps are back into a mild range with more clouds and isolated showers as a cold front moves through the state. This will not be the only one. A few fronts will move through the Dakotas with our continued, active weather pattern. Very low precip chances will accompany most of these quick moving systems, and the next one is tonight. Temperatures will fall out of the 50s, through the 40s & 30s and into the teens & 20s tonight. Winds will pick up and stay breezy for most of us. So, tomorrow will start off chilly after a colder (Canadian) air mass moves over the Dakotas.
This active weather pattern will continue through the rest of the week and the biggest changes will be with our temperature trends. It will be chilly on Wednesday with temps moving very little and topping out in the 20s & 30s. Wednesday night, a warm front moves through the state and Thursday's highs will reach well into the 40s.  A few light showers will be possible but not much is showing up with the latest model runs. Another cold front is expected Thursday night & Friday. This late-week cold front will bring precip chances back into play with light totals expected and it will be followed by another dip in temperatures, as we go into the weekend. With each one of these fronts, winds will pick up. At this point, the strongest winds will be Wednesday night and gusts could peak to 35mph+. 
The highest rain/snow chances are Friday. With the second cold front, temps will be falling considerably with a transitions to areas of snow as the temp profile falls to near & below freezing. We are not looking at any extreme winter weather through the 7day Outlook. There could be a few times when winds reach advisory criteria, for some. Fog may also become an issue for parts of the state. 


Tonight, partly cloudy with temps falling considerably. Lows in the teens & 20s with a NW wind 5-15mph G25. Chills in the teens and down to the single digits, at times.

Wednesday, partly cloudy with a few areas of fog to start. Plenty of sunshine is expected through most of the day and temps will not move much. Highs in the 20s & 30s with a NW/East wind 2-12mph and still breezy at times. 

Wednesday night, increasing clouds with a late chance of isolated mix/snow. Lows in the teens & 20s with an East/SE wind 15-25mph G35mph. Chills in the single digits and teens.

Thursday, some clearing with some warming and a broad spread of temps. Highs ranging from the 30s (NE) through the 40s/50s and into the 60s (SW). Calming winds will swing around to the SE and get down to 5-15mph. 

Thursday night, mostly cloudy with areas of mix/snow followed by another dip in temperatures. Lows mainly in the 20s with a South/NW wind 5-15mph. 20% chance of rain/snow and chills in the teens.

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~Dorrell Wenninger - KX Storm Team

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