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National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
1122 PM CST Friday Feb 12 2016

issued at 1122 PM CST Friday Feb 12 2016

Temperatures remain a little warmer in the immediate Red River valley
compared to those just to the east and west. However still expect
the valley to fall through the rest of the night. Langdon remains
the cold spot at -24f...but return flow is beginning to take shape
just to the west which should put an end to the fall there.


Short term...(this evening through Saturday night)
issued at 351 PM CST Friday Feb 12 2016

Upper air pattern will transition out of the northwest flow aloft to
a progressive pattern. Upper level trough over the northeast Pacific
will move across the forecast area Sat night. Upper level trough
will move across the area and remain an open wave.

Warm advection precipitation to move into the Devils Lake basin Sat
afternoon and spread across the area Sat night. Winds will increase
Sat afternoon and may cause some drifting snow. Winds are expected
to increase ahead of the system and not expecting strong winds Post
precipitation bands. A fair amount of snow is expected for the Sat
afternoon through Sunday evening period. Models generally have been
trending farther south over the last couple model runs. Two to five
of snow will be possible. However models not stable with quantitative precipitation forecast amounts
and so will not issue any headlines at this time.

In the meantime a surface ridge extended from the Saskatchewan/man border to
the eastern Dakotas. Ridge will move over Minnesota by morning. Cold temperatures
and light winds will occur under the ridge. Wind chills will be down
in the 25 to 35 below range overnight and Sat morning. Wind chills
will be low in the east zones overnight and improve in the morning.
The the northwest will go down later tonight with return flow. Will
keep it simple with just one area in the advisory.

Long term...(sunday through friday)
issued at 351 PM CST Friday Feb 12 2016

Northwest flow early in the week will transition to a more zonal
flow by late week as an upper ridge builds into the nations middle
section. One short wave with a chance for snow will impact the area
Monday night with some lingering slight chances Tuesday-Wednesday.
Significant warming to occur Thursday-Friday as temperatures reach
the 20s and 30s.


Aviation...(for the 06z tafs through 06z Saturday night)
issued at 1122 PM CST Friday Feb 12 2016

Expect mainly clear skies and light winds for the rest of the
night. Clouds will increase through the day Sat and will slowly
lower as well. Expect south-southeast winds to pick up through the morning and
become rather gusty by afternoon/evening. The snow should move
into the kdvl area by middle afternoon and the kgfk/kfar areas by
early evening. As the snow moves in visibilities should begin to


Fgf watches/warnings/advisories...
ND...Wind Chill Advisory until noon CST Saturday for ndz006>008-015-

Minnesota...Wind Chill Advisory until noon CST Saturday for mnz001-002-



short term...hoppes
long term...Riddle

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