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FXUS63 KABR 051741 AAC

Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Aberdeen SD
1141 AM CST Mon Dec 5 2016

Issued at 1008 AM CST Mon Dec 5 2016

Slowed down the eastward progression of the snow this morning to
bring it more in line with the short term consensus models. Also
removed some of the blowing snow, with the exception of Corson
county. Temperatures east of there are already in the lower 30s
and winds have not yet increased. Stronger winds and colder air
will begin to move in after the snow stops this afternoon, so left
the headlines alone for now.


.SHORT TERM...(Today through Wednesday Afternoon)
Issued at 445 AM CST Mon Dec 5 2016

Front is now entering into the Western Dakotas, though for the time
being we remain under a modified Pacific airmass. That will change
rapidly today. First, there have been recent changes to the storm
track with the 00/06Z NAM and recent runs of the RUC suggesting a
track now between KRAP - KPIR - KATY and up to KFAR. The shift
south places portions of the CWA within the deformation zone on
the backside of the low. NAM/RUC snow amounts both top out around
3 inches in a narrow band across North Central South Dakota,
however and more importantly is the impact the winds will have
when combined with this snow. With a pressure gradient of 14mb
across the state and pressure rises of 6-9mb, expect advisory
winds across the western half of the CWA. While snowfall from the
most recent storm has been modified due to the mild temperatures,
snowfall that occurs today with these wind conditions will result
in blizzard like conditions. Decided on a Winter Weather Advisory
for north central counties where the likelihood of snow is the
greatest, with just a mention for visibility reductions in a Wind
Advisory for much of the rest of the western/central CWA as cold
air scours out any moisture in the post frontal environment and
results in lighter, more scattered snow shower activity.

The rest of the forecast timeframe consists of winds and falling
temperatures and periods of light snow that wrap around the low as
it moves into the Western Lakes region. Mixed winds in the
Watertown area for Tuesday are in the 30 to 35kt range. Winds for
Wednesday are still in the 20`s, so not only will it be cold but
also will have low wind chills to contend with.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday Evening through Sunday)
Issued at 445 AM CST Mon Dec 5 2016

Watching temperatures throughout the period running generally below
climo normal, with some of the most anomalously cold air (2-3
standard deviations below normal) forecast to be around Wednesday
night and Thursday. The 00Z GFS deterministic solution was
purporting 925hpa air as cold as -20C to -30C by the middle of next

As for pattern evolution and precipitation potential, there is still
some flurries/small chance pops snow potential Wednesday
night/Thursday. Then conditions go mainly dry through late Friday
night in weak mid-level height rises before the pattern becomes more
active in zonal flow and multiple hard-to-time mid-level shortwaves
potentially sweep quickly eastward through the region. Most of the
00Z deterministic GSM output do show some pretty good waa above
925hpa Friday night into Saturday (tightly packed thermal gradient
means good frontogenesis forcing available for waa banded
precipitation heading into the weekend), so basically kept the pops
that Superblend came up with for days 5 through 7.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Tuesday Afternoon)
Issued at 1129 AM CST Mon Dec 5 2016

An area of low pressure crossing the region will bring light snow
to the terminals of KMBG and KPIR. The combination of falling snow
and increasing northwesterly winds will reduce visibilities. While
KABR and KATY will see increasing winds later this evening, snow
and blowing snow is a little more unclear. Gusty northwesterly
winds will continue through Tuesday.


SD...Winter Weather Advisory until 10 PM CST /9 PM MST/ this evening
     for SDZ003-004-009-015.

     Wind Advisory until 10 PM CST /9 PM MST/ this evening for SDZ005-



SHORT TERM...Connelly
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