Strong Winds are Expected for Eastern North Dakota; Wind Chills are Predicted

Bryan Dijkhuizen

After the next system passes through around the end of the week, we will get a little respite in the weather. Winds should have completed their transition to the west by this evening, and they should remain somewhat stronger tonight, averaging 10 - 15 kts sustained.

Wind speeds in North Central Minnesota should, on the other hand, decrease to below 10 kts in some locations. With lows tonight in the teens below zero and wind chills as low as -35 in some areas, wind chills will be a worry moving into the early hours of Thursday.

Winds will rise to up to 25 kts sustained in the Devils Lake Basin ahead of a clipper that will sweep across the area Thursday night, and the wind will begin to shift more northerly as the clipper approaches.

Winds might gust as high as 35 kts in certain regions of the Red River Valley and the western United States this weekend.

This raises the possibility of blowing and drifting snow, although this will be spotty in coverage and concentrated in open area due to the tiny quantities of snow that have collected lately and the age of the snowpack underneath the new powder.

It is likely, however, that visibility may be impaired in regions of blowing and drifting snow, and that small disruptions to transport could also be possible.

Expect temperatures to be warmer on Thursday than they were on Wednesday, with highs ranging from the mid-teens to the low twenties.

With many lesser shortwaves passing over southern Canada and the Northern Plains, the pattern of clippers continues to be seen.

Overall, the flow seems to be a little less accentuated, which suggests that we will not experience the intense cold that we had with the Thursday/night Friday system. Even by the conclusion of the time period, the temperatures might be reaching seasonal norms.

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