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National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
1245 PM CST sun Feb 14 2016

Update...
issued at 1245 PM CST sun Feb 14 2016

No changes needed from morning update.

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Short term...(today through monday)
issued at 305 am CST sun Feb 14 2016

Forecast concerns snow trends today and temperatures. Models
overall in pretty good agreement. Will utilize high resolution
model guidance for snow trends today.

Most distinct snow band with lowest visibility over the SW forecast area showing
signs of weakening as it propagates eastward. Visibilities in this region
1/4-1 mile at times. Farther north returns weaker and visibility has
ranged generally from 1-3 miles. Winds also have diminished some
to general 15 to 25 knots range. So although visibility not a problem
across the north will maintain current headlines for now.
Otherwise for the remainder of the day snow band will continue to
slowly propagate east and should be confined to the far east by
evening and adjusted probability of precipitation accordingly. Overall with exception of
the SW looking at general 1-2 inch total snowfall. With warm
advection continuing should see a modest recovery in temperatures
especially across west which should see some afternoon westerly
winds.

Snow will linger across the far east this evening otherwise it
should be quiet. With light westerly flow and clouds temperatures
will be relatively mild.

Day time Monday should be mainly dry with highs generally around
30 degrees.

Long term...(monday night through saturday)
issued at 305 am CST sun Feb 14 2016

Weak short wave will drop through Monday night bringing another
chance of light snow however accumulations should be on the light
side.

Following passage of wave a quick shot of cold advection will
bring a brief cool down into midweek but nothing serious.

Wednesday-Saturday...temperatures will quickly moderate through the
middle/late week period as a more zonal...progressive upper air pattern
develops...flooding much of the US with milder Pacific air. A
middle/upper level trough will push into the plains Thursday night/Friday with
model differences remaining with surface features...as well as precipitation
chances. For any precipitation...ptype will be an issue...with GFS/European model (ecmwf)
bringing 850 mb temperatures well above 0c by Thursday night into at least the
southern part of the area along with surface temperatures near freezing. Highs
Thursday-sun are expected to be near or above freezing...with even some
40s possible in spots.

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Aviation...(for the 18z tafs through 18z Monday afternoon)
issued at 1245 PM CST sun Feb 14 2016

Generally MVFR conditions expected throughout the afternoon and
evening with lower ceilings and areas of reduced visibility in snow and
blowing snow... especially across northwest andwest central Minnesota. In
eastern ND...snow has tappered off to flurries in most areas...
lower MVFR to IFR ceilings are likely to persist into late evening. As
system departs the area later tonight... thin band of low MVFR ceilings
in eastern ND and the Red River valley will show some breaks
and...with these breaks extending into western Minnesota by morning.

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Fgf watches/warnings/advisories...
ND...none.
Minnesota...none.
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Update...dk
short term...voelker
long term...makowski/voelker
aviation...gust

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