2/11/14: Snow means Cold

Although clearly not all locations recorded snowfall yesterday, yet the locations that did will record a noticeable difference in air temperature in the next several days.  Temperatures this morning are hovering around 0° and with a fresh snow cover temperatures should recover only slightly.

9:45 AM Temps
9:45 AM Temps

High temperatures today with the exception of the southwestern quarter of North Dakota will generally only be in the single digits to around 10°.

Projected Highs today
Projected Highs today

If the clouds stay away, -10s will be quite common in northern and eastern sections of North Dakota.  A weak disturbance may bring a light coating of snow (under 1″) to many areas on Thursday.  Another push of cold air will come in behind that disturbance with the coldest morning likely being Saturday.  Lows that morning could easily approach -30° in northeastern North Dakota through northern Minnesota.

 

Projected February 14, 2015 Lows

On Sunday another disturbance will move through, warming temperatures a bit, then back to cold with Tuesday likely being the next quite cold morning, albeit, perhaps a touch warmer than Saturday.  Below average temperatures are foreseen through the end of the next week so this pattern should continue for the next 10 days.

Temperatures look to be averaging between 5 and 10 degrees over the next week plus.

850 mb (5000 feet above sea level) anomalies for next week
850 mb (5000 feet above sea level) anomalies for next week

 

Daryl Ritchison