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Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
714 am CST Thu Feb 23 2017

Update...
issued at 714 am CST Thu Feb 23 2017

Clouds continue to sag slowly southward, so have bumped up cloud
amounts through the day today. Models are still advertising a few
breaks in the clouds today, but overall it will probably be more
cloudy than not. If it does stay cloudier, temps across the
southern forecast area may struggle to rise much over where they are at now.
Later shifts will have to keep an eye on that.

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Short term...(today and tonight)
issued at 257 am CST Thu Feb 23 2017

Main forecast challenge will be cloud trends today. Current
satellite imagery shows an area of lower clouds seeping from north
to south through the forecast area. This does have some holes in it, so some
areas may start the day with a little sun while others are
cloudy. Not seeing any fog and with the cool northerly flow, do
not expect too much of it either. The other big story for later
today into tonight is the winter storm system that was forecast to
brush our southern forecast area tonight into Friday has now shifted further
south again. This results in no snow for this forecast area.

Long term...(friday through wednesday)
issued at 257 am CST Thu Feb 23 2017

The cooling trend continues for late week into the upcoming
weekend. Winds could be a little gusty on Friday, but with no snow
now expected, it will not result in any travel issues either.
Still looking like there could be some light snow by Saturday
afternoon into Saturday night, but nothing very significant.

Models continue to indicate a split jet scenario with the northern
stream showing a trof over the Great Lakes region. As the upper trof
propagates eastward...expect a shift in the upper ridge over the
area bringing slightly warmer temperatures. Otherwise...expect
mainly tranquil weather with an occasional shower.

By Tuesday...another low pressure system is expected to develop over
the Central Plains with an influx of Gulf moisture streaming north.
Models vary greatly as to placement of sfc features so confidence is
low as to where the greatest chances for precipitation are.
Therefore...will continue to follow guidance and go with a blended
soln with respect to pops for now. Behind the system...expect a
slight cooling trend to end the period.

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Aviation...(for the 12z tafs through 12z Friday morning)
issued at 714 am CST Thu Feb 23 2017

Expecting steady north winds today into tonight. High end MVFR
and low end VFR clouds have been steadily progressing southward,
and will continue to do so today. Models hint at some holes
in the clouds possible through the day, but not too optimistic
about that at this point. Think these clouds will probably hold
through most of the day.

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Fgf watches/warnings/advisories...
ND...none.
Minnesota...none.
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