Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Updated: 2:15 AM
Tonight remains cloudy and blustery with strong low pressure over Southern Canada. This system has brought blizzard conditions to parts of that state and in North Dakota over the last 12-24 hours. The low will continue to move away, but we will remain in the overall circulation through Wednesday. Scattered flurries are likely tonight as temperatures slowly drop into the teens by morning.
No real changes going into Wednesday. Expect more clouds and strong west breezes with the storm centered to our north. A few flurries will also be around with highs only in the low 20's.. nearly 10 degrees below normal. A trough will be sliding in from the north at night and into Thursday. This system will keep the clouds around but also bring a better chance for more snow showers, especially in our northern areas. A minor accumulation of powdery snow will be possible with highs in the mid 20's.
Once this trough slides to our south, another shot of colder air will follow, dropping temperatures a bit heading into Friday. There will be a high pressure system arriving from the west but it may still have a tough time bringing much clearing. A bit of sun will be possible, otherwise still rather cloudy but dry with highs only in the teens. Temperatures will then start to rise a bit going into the weekend but we will be turning our attention to a possible snow event.
Low pressure is expected to quickly slide east from the Central-Northern Plains, bringing more clouds and the chance for snow by later Saturday. The forecast models generally agree on this system developing and impacting the Upper Midwest, but disagree on timing, location and amount of moisture. Thus, confidence remains rather low at this time on possible impacts. Still, chances are increasing for some snow Saturday night and into part of Sunday. This has the potential to be a higher impact system, at least for some of our area. Temperatures will be rising through the 20's with the snow in the area, but looks to be followed by a much colder shot of air into next week that could drop highs down into the teens and possibly single digits.. a very wintry forecast over the next week!
-Meteorologist Monica Ott