2/11/16: More “Clippers”

Another disturbance will move through the northwest upper-level wind flow that continues over North Dakota.  The snow today is expected to be mainly confined to western and central North Dakota, although some parts of southeastern part of the state, especially south of Fargo may get some flurries or a dusting of snow.  Otherwise,  central and western portions of the state should expect 1-2 inches of snow.

Projected Radar today from the High Resolution Rapid Refresh Guidance
Projected Radar today from the High Resolution Rapid Refresh Guidance

 

The next threat of snow after today will come on Saturday in western and central North Dakota and later Saturday in the Red River Valley.  That system should come with more wind and higher snow totals.  With clouds expected from that next snow system, the temperatures will be help up, but in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, bitterly cold temperatures are expected that morning.

Global Forecasting System projected Minimums on Saturday, February 13, 2016
Global Forecasting System projected Minimums on Saturday, February 13, 2016

 

If the clouds in western North Dakota stay away long enough, -10s and -20s are a good bet in the Devils Lake Basin, the Red River Valley and through northern Minnesota.  Timing will be crucial, but the potential is certainly there.  The clouds and associated next clipper will come in quickly on Saturday and move east.  A stiff south wind ahead and with the snow will probably cause some blowing and drifting as it moves easterly.  It will be the strongest clipper of this week.

Daryl Ritchison