A Strong Cold Front Expected Thursday

A strong cold front will quickly move through the region from northwest to southeast on Thursday.  Temperatures ahead of the front will climb into the lower 80s near the North and South Dakota borders and into west central Minnesota along and south of Interstate 94.  Further north, temperatures will quickly fall into the 40s by Thursday evening, then into the 30s Thursday night.  Northerly winds will also gust over 30 mph at times by Thursday afternoon, ushering in much colder air.  In addition, there will be the threat for thunderstorms Thursday evening and Thursday night in southeast North Dakota and west central Minnesota along and just behind the cold front.  The threat for rain showers will also develop Thursday night in all areas, with precipitation changing to all snow in the Devils Lake Basin late Thursday night.  Another round of precipitation will move through the area Friday and Friday night, with the potential for some accumulating snow across the area. 

Significant flooding continues in the Devils Lake Basin, on the Sheyenne and Pembina Rivers, in addition to numerous road closures throughout the Red River Valley.  Refer to our AHPS homepage at
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=fgf for the latest river forecasts.

April 23, 2009 Strong Cold Front

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