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Current Conditions

  • 33°
  • Overcast
  • Wind: NW 5 mph
  • Humidity: 59%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 20°
  • Pressure: 30.29 in. -
  • Heat Index: 29

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5 Day Forecast

  • Tuesday
  • Overcast
  • High: 39 °
  • Low: 28 °
  • Overcast
  • Wednesday
  • Clear
  • High: 47 °
  • Low: 22 °
  • Clear
  • Thursday
  • Mostly Cloudy
  • High: 44 °
  • Low: 23 °
  • Mostly Cloudy
  • Friday
  • Overcast
  • High: 26 °
  • Low: 12 °
  • Overcast
  • Saturday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 30 °
  • Low: 22 °
  • Partly Cloudy

Forecast for Hettinger, North Dakota

Updated: 8:47 am MST on February 9, 2016

  • Rest of Today

    Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the northwest 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

  • Tonight

    Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds around 5 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. North winds 5 to 15 mph shifting to the east around 5 mph after midnight.

  • Thursday

    Cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow in the morning. Highs in the lower 40s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

  • Thursday Night

    Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of rain and snow in the evening. Lows in the lower 20s.

  • Friday and Friday Night

    Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 30s. Lows 15 to 20.

  • Saturday and Saturday Night

    Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Highs in the upper 20s. Lows around 15.

  • Sunday

    Partly sunny. Slight chance of rain and snow in the morning...then slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the lower 40s. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.

  • Sunday Night

    Decreasing clouds. Lows in the mid 20s.

  • Washingtons Birthday

    Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s.

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Location: NonFedAWOS, Lemmon, SD

Updated: 9:55 AM MST

Temperature: 27 °F Dew Point: 21 °F Humidity: 80% Wind: SSE at 9 mph Pressure: 30.17 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 18 °F Graphs

NWS Forecaster Discussion

Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Bismarck ND 
957 am CST Tuesday Feb 9 2016 

issued at 942 am CST Tuesday Feb 9 2016 

For this update...removed any mention of freezing during the day 
today. Models are over forecasting precipitation this morning as 
radar and satellite observations indicate very little activity 
over northwestern North Dakota and upstream in Canada. 
Furthermore...forecast soundings and high-res short-term models 
delay the warm air aloft intrusion until later tonight...keeping 
the atmosphere below freezing above the surface. This should 
eliminate the chance for freezing rain and favor simply a 
rain/snow mix or transition based solely on surface temperatures. 

Update issued at 632 am CST Tuesday Feb 9 2016 

No change with this update other than to blend to observed trends 
through 12 UTC. The 09 through 11 UTC rap/hrrr iterations and 06 
UTC NAM/GFS continue to support light snow mixing with rain 
southwest and light freezing rain far northwest late this morning 
and into the afternoon. The current band of echoes on the 
regional radar central this morning is associated with middle level 
cloud cover with no precipitation observed on webcams. 


Short term...(today and tonight) 
issued at 230 am CST Tuesday Feb 9 2016 

Short term highlights include a chance of light snow/rain west 
today...with light snow becoming more widespread tonight across 
central North Dakota. The highest snowfall accumulations will 
occur in north central North Dakota. For the rest of central North 
Dakota...anticipate mostly light snow with a narrow area of light 
freezing rain. Will continue to advertise the light freezing rain 
in the severe weather potential statement/hazardous weather outlook for now and adjustments can 
be made later today if forecast conditions look different. 

Satellite imagery and surface observations detail a cloudy sky for 
all but the southern James River Valley early this morning. However 
clouds will fill in this morning across the southeast. A cloudy sky 
will dominate the short term period...as a stationary front 
separates warmer temperatures in the west from colder air in the 
east. A distinct contrast in afternoon high temperatures will 
occur today...with teens across The Turtle mountains to lower 40s 

The latest water vapor imagery and upper air analysis shows 
northwest flow continuing into North Dakota with an upper ridge 
centered across northern California. Pacific shortwaves riding up 
and over the ridge embedded within the northwest flow will 
interact with the stationary frontal system mentioned above. This 
is currently located from western Saskatchewan into the western 
Dakotas. Our next shortwave of interest is currently located in 
central Alberta. As it approaches northwest North Dakota this 
morning and then central North Dakota later this afternoon...the 
h850-300 mb Omega field will increase from west to east. Warm air 
advection and differential positive vorticity advection will 
produce the vertical motion needed to generate a chance of light 
snow/rain west today...shifting into central North Dakota this 
evening through tonight. A surface low sliding southeast along the 
front will enhance low level convergence and produce higher probability of precipitation 
and snow amounts later tonight in north central North Dakota and 
also across the rest of central North Dakota. Total snowfall 
accumulations of 1 to 3 inches can be expected across the north 
central tonight...with around 1 inch for the remainder of central 
North Dakota. Most of the precipitation will fall in the 
cold/saturated sector of the stationary front...with a narrow area 
of light freezing rain in the warm sector Tuesday night. The 
NAM/GFS BUFKIT soundings portray a dry layer aloft with near 
saturated conditions in the supercooled water droplet regime. 
Omega looks sufficient to generate some light freezing rain...but 
thinking is the strongest forcing will be along and east of the 
stationary front resulting in snow as the dominant precipitation 

Long term...(wednesday through monday) 
issued at 230 am CST Tuesday Feb 9 2016 

Snow and possibly light freezing rain Wednesday morning and a cool 
down Thursday into Saturday highlight the extended forecast. 

Precipitation from the short term Tuesday night is expected to 
continue into Wednesday morning across central North Dakota in 
association with a weak clipper system interacting with the 
low level baroclinic zone. Along the western periphery of the band 
from Bowbells through Bismarck and Linton...freezing rain/drizzle 
may be possible with a warm layer aloft around +2 to +3 c and a 
potential loss of ice crystals in the column. However...overall 
quantitative precipitation forecast Wednesday morning on the western edge of the band is forecast 
to be very light on the 00 UTC guidance consensus. Thus...will 
highlight for now only in the severe weather potential statement. Further east...precipitation is 
expected to be all snow Wednesday morning...with around an inch of 
new accumulation. 

Thereafter...western and central North Dakota is forecast to 
reside on the western periphery of two Arctic highs forecast to 
build across the upper Midwest Thursday into Saturday. At this 
time the core of the Arctic air is expected to remain east across 
Minnesota and the Great Lakes. The next best chance for 
precipitation is Saturday night into Sunday. However...timing 
differences with this feature are a bit wide given the wave still 
well off shore over the Pacific. 


Aviation...(for the 12z tafs through 12z Wednesday morning) 
issued at 632 am CST Tuesday Feb 9 2016 

MVFR ceilings and MVFR/IFR visibilities in -sn at kisn/kdik 16z-17z Tuesday 
until 00z Wednesday. Elsewhere...MVFR ceilings are expected at kmot/kjms 
by 18z today. -Sn will not arrive at kbis and kmot until 02z-03z 
Wednesday...and expect this to continue through the end of the taf 
period. Ceilings at kmot will lower to IFR by 06z Wednesday. -Fzra is 
possible at kmot and kbis toward 12z Wednesday...but there is much 
uncertainty at this time for any mention in the forecast. 


Bis watches/warnings/advisories... 


short term...Kansas 
long term...ayd 

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