The Red River Valley and Lakes region is forecast to be in something of a stormy regime the next few weeks. Seasonally cold air should remain entrenched in central Canada, with warmer air locked across the central plains. The northern jet stream is expected to bring a series of storms from the Pacific into the northern plains through the middle of the month. Due in part to the tight temperature gradient near the surface, and the presence of the strong upper winds, the Valley and Lakes regions will experience quite changeable weather conditions. Some of the storms will produce dramatic swings in the temperature and cause considerable blowing and drifting snow. Extremely cold wind chills, on the order of -30F to -50F will occasionally be a threat as well.
The first significant weather system is forecast to affect the area this weekend, with weather systems move through about every 3 to 5 days. Will each one have a dramatic impact of the regions weather? Not necessarily! ...But, due to the location and strength of the jet stream, and the tight temperature gradient over the region, there is a heightened threat for these systems to have a significant impact, especially on travel.
Please remember this is a general threats outlook for the overall weather pattern through the middle of February. While overall colder than normal weather is expected the next two weeks, day-to-day variability will occur. Please pay attention to the actual forecasts issued by your NOAA’s National Weather Service, as well as any watches, advisories or warnings. Also, please check out the National Hazards Briefing here.
For additional infomation please contact your National Weather Service or visit our web site at www.crh.noaa.gov/fgf