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FXUS63 KFSD 150550

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD
1150 PM CST Sun Jan 14 2018

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Monday Night)
Issued at 409 PM CST Sun Jan 14 2018

Impressive jet/trop fold diving into north central SD at late
afternoon, as deepening trough settles toward Minnesota.
Concentrated PV advection at the nose continues to drive a solid
area of snowfall across eastern SD/SW MN/northern NW IA, which is
expected to progress rapidly out of the area through northwest Iowa
and northeast Nebraska by very early evening. Additional amounts
from late afternoon and very early evening will vary from up to an
inch in parts of southwest MN toward the Iowa Great Lakes, dropping
off to a trace northwest of a Brookings to Chamberlain line. While
the measurable threat will end quickly, atmosphere behind the arctic
front (along a Marshall-Sioux Falls-Lake Andes line at 21z) starts
to exhibit a weak/shallow instability atop the mixed layer through
the evening hours into the early overnight across parts of southwest
MN and northwest IA. GOES-East composite imagery clearly defining
development of cloud streets back across North Dakota, Given temps
in dendritic zone within cloud layer, would expect at a minimum
scattered flurries, perhaps a brief snow shower.

Outside the snowy challenges, the main impact of the passage of the
arctic front will be the chill which will dominate the area over the
next few days.  Temperatures will begin to fall tonight, more
sharply after midnight, with winds increasing as a result of a
strong northwest gradient and alignment of increasing isallobaric
support (difference of up to 8 Hpa/3h between max/min). Winds are
likely to gust to 30 to 40 mph for a time ahead of pressure rise
maximum this evening, then settle back a bit later in the night.
There is 30 to 35 knots of wind atop the mixed layer right through
the day on Monday, with continued cold advection, suggesting that
winds gusts will refresh during the day. Temps will also continue to
fall well into the morning on Monday, meaning some of the coldest
wind chills will be on Monday morning.  By Monday night, will begin
to see a more appreciable drop in winds, somewhat less ahead of the
ridge across southwest MN, but also colder temperatures which will
repeat the more extreme bitter wind chills again Monday night into
Tuesday morning. Wind chill warnings will be expanded into later
tonight and Monday across east central SD and southwest MN toward
Iowa Great Lakes with wind chill values expected to drop to -35 to -
40 by Monday morning, and only limited recovery through the day.
Other areas will remain in a wind chill advisory tonight through
Tuesday.  The winds will also create some patchy to areas of blowing
snow starting this evening, and continuing until it is expected to
become more compacted around midday Monday.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Sunday)
Issued at 409 PM CST Sun Jan 14 2018

Winds will eventually drop off more considerably as surface ridge
builds across the area on Tuesday.  Tuesday night, there should be a
precipitous drop in temps during the evening near the ridge axis
which will be close to I-29 or just east early in the evening, but
overall an increasing southwesterly flow and strong warm advection
later Tuesday night will likely bring rising overnight temps.

Warmer conditions will dominate the end of the week as a broad ridge
at larger scales expands through the plains. 12Z GFS suggested a
moisture starved but sharp trough moving across SD Wednesday night,
but EC much further north.  Latest models trending north, so should
do no more than intensify the warming, with 20s to lower 30s
Wednesday giving way to 30s and lower 40s Thursday, and upper 30s to
mid 40s on Friday.

To associate uncertainty with the pattern by the weekend would be an
understatement. There is some agreement that a split flow system
will traverse western North America and emerge in the plains by
later Saturday to Sunday. Variation in solutions is immense over
collective of models and recent runs, so best to keep things at a
chance level for the time. May be warm enough for a little rain over
northwest IA and adjacent areas on the leading side of the system.
Temps back to near/just below normal around Sunday.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Monday night)
Issued at 1128 PM CST Sun Jan 14 2018

Confidence in the exact ceiling forecast of the 06Z TAF set is
not very high. This type of pattern through Monday with cold
arctic air rushing in will offer in and out clouds, varying
between MVFR and lower end VFR. An upper air disturbance with a
vorticity lobe will move through Minnesota late Monday afternoon
and early evening. But visibility reducing light snow is
projected to stay just east of the KFSD and KSUX TAF sites. North
to northwest winds will frequently gust at 25 to 30 knots through


SD...Wind Chill Advisory from 3 AM Monday to noon CST Tuesday for

     Wind Chill Warning until noon CST Tuesday for SDZ039-040-056.

     Wind Chill Warning from 6 PM Monday to noon CST Tuesday for

     Wind Chill Advisory from 3 AM to 6 PM CST Monday for SDZ055-062.

MN...Wind Chill Warning until noon CST Tuesday for MNZ071-072-080-081-

     Wind Chill Warning from 6 PM Monday to noon CST Tuesday for

     Wind Chill Advisory from 3 AM to 6 PM CST Monday for MNZ098.

IA...Wind Chill Advisory from 3 AM Monday to noon CST Tuesday for

     Wind Chill Warning until noon CST Tuesday for IAZ003.

     Wind Chill Warning from 3 AM Monday to noon CST Tuesday for

     Wind Chill Warning from 6 PM Monday to noon CST Tuesday for

     Wind Chill Advisory from 3 AM to 6 PM CST Monday for IAZ001-002.

NE...Wind Chill Advisory from 3 AM Monday to noon CST Tuesday for



SHORT TERM...Chapman
LONG TERM...Chapman
AVIATION...MJ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.