...A Winter Storm May Impact The Region Tuesday Night And Wednesday...
.A Rapidly Deepening Low Pressure System Is Forecast To Move Across The Ohio Valley Tuesday Night Through Early Wednesday. As This System Strengthens...Much Colder Air Will Be Drawn Into Southern Michigan Under Increasing Northerly Winds. So While Precipitation Begins As Rain...A Transition To All Snow Will Occur Tuesday Night. The Snow Will Then Persist Off And On Into Wednesday Afternoon. Total Snowfall Accumulations Around Six Inches Are Possible By The Time The Snow Ends Wednesday Afternoon. These Snowfall Amounts Will Remain Highly Dependent Upon The Track Of The Storm System. If The Storm System Tracks Farther North...Higher Snowfall Totals Can Be Expected. On The Other Hand...A Farther South Storm Track Will Lesson The Chances For Six Or More Inches Of Snow Across The Area.
...Winter Storm Watch In Effect From Late Tuesday Night Through Wednesday Afternoon...
The National Weather Service In Detroit/Pontiac Has Issued A Winter Storm Watch...Which Is In Effect From Late Tuesday Night Through Wednesday Afternoon.
* Rain Will Transition To All Snow Tuesday Night. The Snow Will Continue Into Early Wednesday Afternoon And May Be Heavy At Times Wednesday Morning...Possibly Accumulating At Rates Of An Inch Per Hour. Total Snowfall Of Around 6 Inches Is Possible.
The Highest Accumulations Are Expected South Of A Detroit To Ann Arbor Line.
* Winds Will Turn To The North Tuesday Night And Increase During The Day Wednesday. Northerly Wind Gusts Over 30 Mph Are Possible Wednesday...Which Could Cause Some Blowing And Drifting Of The Snow.
* Temperatures Will Fall Through The 20s On Wednesday...While Wind Chill Readings Drop Into The Single Digits.
* Roads May Become Snow Covered And Very Slippery.
* Visibilities Will Become Poor Due To Both Falling And Blowing Snow.
...Warming Temperatures This Weekend Will Increase The Potential For Flooding In Areas Of Poor Drainage Over North Central Montana Due To Snowmelt And Add To Already High Water Levels And Flood Impacts Over Central And Southwest Montana...
Cold Air Over North Central Montana Friday Morning Will Be Swept Out Of The Region By Friday Night And Temperatures Will Warm Into The 50s On Saturday...And May Approach 60 Degrees On Sunday. The Combination Of Melting Snow And Still Frozen Soils Has Already Led To Flooding Over Portions Of Central And Southwest Montana And Similar Localized Flooding In Areas Of Poor Drainage Is Possible Over North Central Montana This Weekend As Temperatures Warm.
Areas Of Central And Southwest Montana Already Impacted By Flooding Could See Additional Flood Impacts This Weekend.
...Spring Thaw Progress For Red River Of The North...
The Fine Spring Weather Of This Early Week Period Has Initiated The Spring Snowmelt Process Across The Southern Part Of The Red River Basin. The Longer Daylight And Higher Sun Angle Of Early March Have Helped To Bring Temperatures Nearer Seasonal Normals Across Most Of The Basin.
Thus Far In The Northern Half Of The Basin... A Deeper Snowpack Has Acted To Reflect Much Of The Increased Solar Energy... Leading To A Slower Overall Warm Up... And Keeping Daytime Temperatures Mainly Capped In The 30s. Slightly Cooling Temperatures This Week Should Inhibit Any Large Scale Melting And Runoff... While The Snowpack Continues To Warm.
Thus Far In The Southern Half Of The Basin... A Much Shallower Snowpack And Large Portions Of Exposed Soil Have Allowed For A Greater Overall Storage Of The Increased Energy ...Allowing Daytime Temperatures To Climb Well Into The 40s And 50s. Here Nighttime Temperatures Have Still Fallen Below Freezing But Snowpack Across The Landscape Has Been Significantly Reduced. As Of This Morning...
Ditches And Smaller Streams Were Still Largely Filled With Snow And/Or Frozen Melt Waters. Slightly Cooling Temperatures This Week Should Inhibit Any Large Scale Runoff Processes... Though Some Minor Stream Rises Are Possible Due To Localized Runoff.
In General... Most Rivers And Lakes Remain Completely Ice Covered With Ice Thicknesses Of From 2 To 3 Feet. Ground Frost Under Snow Covered Areas Range From 3 To 4 Feet.
The Remainder Of The Week Will Continue To Bring More Springlike Temperatures With Daytime Highs Ranging Mostly From The Lower 30 On Tuesday And Wednesday To The Upper 30s On Thursday... And With Nighttime Lows Dipping Mostly Into The Teens And 20s. Some Light Dustings Of Snow Can Be Expected Mostly In The Southern Valley Tonight And For The Whole Valley On Tuesday Night And Wednesday.
As It Gets Later Into The Spring Snowmelt Season...The National Weather Service Office In Grand Forks Will Be Closely Monitoring Weather And River Conditions.
* Flood Warnings And Statements...As Well As 7-Day River Forecasts Will Be Issued When River Forecast Points Are Expected To Reach Or Exceed Flood Stage Within That Forecast Period.
The 7-Day Forecasts Are Presented As Text Products Of Daily River Stages At Established River Forecast Locations And Hydrographs Of 6 Hour River Stages For The Previous 3 Days And For The Next 7 Days.
These Graphs And Text Products Are Available From The Nws Grand Forks Ahps Web Page On The Internet At: Www.Weather.Gov/Grandforks Then Click On The "Rivers And Lakes Ahps" Tab Above The Map Or The Link In The Menu On The Left Side Of The Web Page.
If You Have Any Questions...Contact The Nws At 701-772-0720.
We Will Be Updating The Spring Thaw Progress Reports Periodically During The Next Few Weeks As We See Conditions Changing Or Until The Snowpack Melts.
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