12/21/15: Northern Snow

A small but intense area of low pressure is expected to move across North Dakota on Tuesday.  This should bring several inches of snow across portions of northern North Dakota into northwestern Minnesota.  The low pressure center that will impact this area is currently in the Pacific northwest and will move across the Rocky Mountains today into tonight then impact the region on Tuesday into Tuesday night.

Monday Morning Surface Analysis
Monday Morning Surface Analysis


The snow will spread from west to east across especially northern North Dakota during the day on Tuesday.  Northeastern North Dakota probably not recording much snow until the afternoon.   Locations near and south of I-94 will probably record at least some precipitation (mostly snow but could be mixed in with rain/sleet), but the duration looks short-lived and amount under 1 inch.  But northern North Dakota should see widespread 2 to 4 inch amounts with a narrow band of 5 to 8 inches currently expected.

Tuesday, 12 PM Surface Projection

After tomorrow, the next threat of snow looks to be on Saturday and early indication are it will be a snow that may end up influencing South Dakota and southern Minnesota more than North Dakota.  Temperatures mostly a bit above average this week.

Daryl Ritchison