1/8/16: January

Temperatures this morning across the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network were around 0° in northwestern North Dakota, with those temperatures likely dropping a bit more before becoming steady.  Other locations across the mesonet will also see falling temperatures this morning, steadying off, then falling this evening as Arctic Air sweeps across the region.

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Air Temperature at 8:15 AM

The wind speeds associated with the arctic air surge will be sufficient to create areas of drifting snow with with wind speeds gusting to around 30 mph at times.

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Current Wind Speed at 8:20 AM

 

Roads with likely continue to have stretches of snow or ice from the wind not only this morning, but through the day.

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Morning Road Conditions

The temperatures this weekend are expected to remain below zero for minimums and maximums this weekend in many locations and the areas that do get above zero will probably only be in the single digits above.  Minus teens with pockets of -20° or colder temperatures are expected for lows this weekend.  Next week will have fluctuating temperatures, mostly below average until perhaps Thursday with a brief warm up before the cold arrives again next weekend.

Saturday Minimums from the WRF-NAM Guidance
Saturday Minimums from the WRF-NAM Guidance

 

These below average cold conditions expected through next weekend, then a warm up is foreseen.  Even with this stretch of cold, the month of January is still projected by me to be above average overall, just no where near as warm on December anomalies.

With the cold air in place, high pressure will dominate the weather, therefore, although likely not zero, not much snow fall is foreseen during this stretch.

Daryl Ritchison