Fargo, North Dakota

January in the Dakotas. This might ultimately be the coldest forecast of the year, which is actually pretty impressive. There is a surge of warm air reaching the Dakotas, so the subzero temperatures they can see this time of year are nowhere to be found. I am wasting all the good stuff here, let’s get to the forecast!

At 1053 AM, CT, Fargo was reporting a temperature of 8 degrees under clear skies. The warm up that is anticipated for the Plains still hasn’t arrived yet, with a swath of light snow in central Minnesota signifying the leading edge of the warmer air. Part of the reason that Fargo is cooler than many surrounding locales, however, is their clear skies, which allowed them to radiate overnight. The dry air does not bode well for the threat of snow today.
A wave moving through the Canadian Prairie will drive the pattern this weekend in Fargo. Expect southerly flow through the night tonight and into the day tomorrow, followed by a change in wind direction by Sunday, with a return of some cold air. Much like today, though, dry air in the Red River Valley will supercede the passage of the system. This will keep precipitation at bay, despite the the close call with the Clipper. Expect variable cloudiness and some gusty winds, which may lead to blowing snow, but no fresh white stuff.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 32, Low 10
Sunday – Mostly cloudy, High 32, Low 18

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy skies early then partly cloudy in the afternoon, High 30, Low 11
Sunday – Cloudy, High 28, Low 23

AW: Tomorrow – Not as cold with intervals of clouds and sunshine High 30, Low 10
Sunday – Mostly cloudy High 28, Low 22

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 29, Low 17
Sunday – Mostly cloudy, High 28, Low 21

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny, High 29, Low 12
Sunday – Mostly cloudy, High 28, Low 20

WN Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 28, Low 10
Sunday – Mostly Cloudy High 28, Low 19

FIO: Tomorrow – Foggy overnight. High 35, Low 13
Sunday – Foggy starting in the evening. High 33, Low 24

In case you couldn’t tell, this forecast started to be written today, but I pulled in the numbers this evening. Hopefully everything turned out all right. The satellite image is from this evening, showing a plume of warm air heading north.

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