1/8/15: Cold Wind

If you are in the Red River Valley and reading this early enough in the morning the wind is still fairly light with wind speeds under 10 mph, but to the west of the Red River Valley the wind has already picked up and that wind in turn will continue the rest of the day.  Wind near 30 mph with gusts into the 40s will be the general rule much of the day.

Average wind speed at 7:30 AM
Average wind speed at 7:30 AM

 

peak wind gust around 7:30 AM
peak wind gust around 7:30 AM

 

With the strong wind with snow with more abundant snow on the ground, blizzard conditions are likely along and north of Highway 2 in northcentral and northeastern North Dakota.  Elsewhere, with minor snow accumulations today and little on the ground, the wind will probably make for blustery conditions, which would warrant the heads up of a winter weather advisory that has been issued.  Advisories around the country are presented below.

Morning Advisories

After today’s wind problems, the rest of the forecast will be just dry and cold, a bit breezy at times, but today looks to be the one bad travel day in the next week.  Temperatures are expected to be below average through the next 10 days.   Stay warm.

Daryl Ritchison