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Mesoscale Discussion 160
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   Mesoscale Discussion 0160
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   0845 AM CST Tue Feb 27 2024

   Areas affected...Northwest to north-central MN and southeast ND


   Valid 271445Z - 271845Z

   SUMMARY...A band of persistent heavy snow with 1-2 inch/hour rates
   will shift northeast across northwest and north-central Minnesota
   into northwest Ontario. Near-blizzard to blizzard conditions should
   continue in its wake where light to moderate snow occurs, mainly
   across the Red River Valley.

   DISCUSSION...Based on observed snow reports and imagery, a band of
   heavy snow is ongoing from the Fargo-Moorhead vicinity northeastward
   across northwest MN. This heavy snow band aligns well with 700-mb
   frontogenesis and is expected to shift northeast across
   north-central MN into northwest Ontario through midday. Meanwhile,
   strong to severe gradient winds (gust to 51 kts measured at KFAR)
   near and to the backside of this heavy snow band has yielded several
   obs with visibility of a half-mile or less. The bulk of the tighter
   surface pressure gradient and low-level flow should generally shift
   east into the afternoon, suggesting the more persistent
   near-blizzard to blizzard conditions should be favored over the Red
   River Valley and parts of northwest MN.

   ..Grams.. 02/27/2024

   ...Please see for graphic product...


   LAT...LON   46569792 47439686 48389538 48769471 48999362 48829246
               48129275 46499545 45939613 45749653 45689715 45789757
               46079791 46569792 

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