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National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
322 PM CST Thursday Mar 5 2015

Short term...(this evening through Friday night)
issued at 322 PM CST Thursday Mar 5 2015

Guidance in good agreement depicting northwest flow aloft with
multiple impulses. The expected airmass temperature will lead to
temperatures near or slightly above normal values. Periods of
clouds and snow anticipated...but each system will be weak and
progressive (little to no snow accumulation). The best chance for
-sn will be later Friday into Friday night. Any impacts are
expected to be minimal.

Long term...(saturday through thursday)
issued at 322 PM CST Thursday Mar 5 2015

Saturday-Sunday...a similar pattern will continue with an upper
wave expected later on Saturday into Saturday night. Airmass
temperature will also be similar.

Monday-Thursday...the northwest flow regime takes a break for a
while during the next extended forecast period as zonal flow
transitions to broad scale SW pattern through the middle of next
week. Polar jet remains locked up in central to southern Canada
keeping surface systems and precipitation with it. Dry forecast is in place
from days 4 through 7 with hint of a wave or back door type cold
front accompanied by more of an east surface wind for Thursday. High
temperatures in the 40s first 3 days will drop back closer to normal at
the end in response to this feature. Earlier GFS runs that were
markedly colder than corresponding European model (ecmwf) are now trending warmer
with both guidance suites indicating highest 850 mb temperatures in the
plus 6 to 10c range.


Aviation...(for the 18z tafs through 18z Friday afternoon)
issued at 1228 PM CST Thursday Mar 5 2015

VFR ceilings and visibility to prevail right through Friday with a fresh
southerly wind Ard 15ktsg25 this afternoon. Winds will ease Ard
sunset before shifting to west Friday morning.


Fgf watches/warnings/advisories...


long term...wjb/tg

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