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FXUS63 KARX 221138
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
538 AM CST SAT NOV 22 2014

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY AND TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 251 AM CST SAT NOV 22 2014

CHALLENGES INCLUDE PRECIP TYPE/CHANCES/AMOUNTS THROUGH MONDAY AS A
STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVES ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST. 22.00Z
GLOBAL MODELS INITIALIZED WELL AND ARE IN GOOD AGREEMENT THROUGH
AT LEAST 25.00Z (MONDAY NIGHT)...DIVERGING A BIT THEREAFTER IN
TIMING AND STRENGTH OF SHORT-WAVES IN NORTHWEST FLOW ALOFT.

22.09Z WATER VAPOR LOOP SHOWS A STRONG WAVE CRASHING ON THE PACIFIC
NORTHWEST SHORE AND THIS FEATURE WILL BE THE PRIMARY PLAYER FOR
THE NEXT FEW DAYS. LIGHT DRIZZLE/FREEZING DRIZZLE EARLY THIS MORNING
WILL DISSIPATE AND PUSH EAST AS THE DEEPEST MOISTURE MOVES INTO IL
AND SOUTHEAST WI. WILL KEEP 20 POPS ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF THE
FORECAST AREA TODAY FOR ANY LINGERING DRIZZLE...BUT ADDITIONAL
ACCUMULATION WILL BE A HUNDREDTH OR TWO AT BEST. OTHERWISE...TODAY
WILL BE MOSTLY CLOUDY AND WARM WITHIN THE WARM AIR ADVECTION
REGIME AS THE +10 C 850 HPA ISOTHERM APPROACHES THE FORECAST AREA
BY 23.00Z. AFTERNOON HIGHS WILL CLIMB INTO THE UPPER 30S TO MID
40S.

FOR TONIGHT...A STRONG WARM FRONT WILL SURGE NORTHWARD WITH THE
NEXT SLUG OF MOISTURE IN ITS WAKE. SATURATION ONLY EXPECTED TO
AROUND 2 KM OVERNIGHT WITH DRY AIR ALOFT...SO ANY PRECIP WILL
LIKELY STILL BE IN THE FORM OF DRIZZLE. TEMPERATURES BY THEN WILL
BE WELL ABOVE ZERO SO FREEZING WILL NOT BE AN ISSUE. THE BIGGER
CONCERN WILL BE WIDESPREAD FOG WITH THE 22.03Z SREF SHOWING A 100
PERCENT PROBABILITY THAT VISIBILITY WILL DROP BELOW 1 MILE
TONIGHT. THERE IS A CHANCE A DENSE FOG ADVISORY WILL BE NEEDED...
BUT WILL WAIT UNTIL CURRENT FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY HAS EXPIRED
AND/OR CANCELLED BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISIONS.

.LONG TERM...(SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY)
ISSUED AT 251 AM CST SAT NOV 22 2014

ATMOSPHERIC COLUMN SATURATES TO AT LEAST 500 HPA BY SUNDAY
RESULTING IN DRIZZLE CHANGING OVER TO RAIN. STRONG FORCING/LIFT
FROM THE SURFACE TO 850 HPA ALONG AND AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD
FRONT WILL RESULT IN WIDESPREAD RAIN THROUGH THE DAY. STILL SOME
UNCERTAINTY AS TO WHERE THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE PRECIP SHIELD WILL
SET-UP...BUT AT THIS TIME APPEARS TO BE NEAR A LINE FROM HUDSON WI
TO MASON CITY IA. RAINFALL AMOUNTS SUNDAY WILL GENERALLY RANGE
FROM OVER A HALF INCH ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST TO AROUND A TENTH
ACROSS THE NORTHWEST.

COLD FRONT WILL SWING ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA SUNDAY NIGHT
RESULTING IN A GRADUAL CHANGE OVER FROM RAIN TO SNOW. DEFORMATION
AXIS SNOW BAND WILL ROTATE AROUND THE BACKSIDE OF THE DEPARTING
LOW ON MONDAY GENERALLY RESULTING IN 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW WITH
THE HIGHER AMOUNTS FURTHER NORTH AND EAST. NORTHWEST WIND WILL
ALSO INCREASE WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 30 MPH ACROSS PORTIONS OF
SOUTHEAST MN AND NORTHEAST IA...POSSIBLY CREATING SOME BLOWING AND
DRIFTING SNOW.

TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY WILL SEE A RETURN OF A SUB-FREEZING AIR
MASS WITH TEMPERATURES GENERALLY IN THE 20S DURING THE DAY AND
TEENS AT NIGHT. THE NEXT BEST CHANCE FOR LIGHT SNOW WILL BE
TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY AS THE NEXT SHORT-WAVE DROPS SOUTH
IN NORTHWEST FLOW ALOFT. THANKSGIVING DAY INTO THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND
SHOULD BE DRY...BUT COLD AS SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS ACROSS
THE NATION/S MID-SECTION.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 12Z TAFS THROUGH 12Z SUNDAY MORNING)
ISSUED AT 538 AM CST SAT NOV 22 2014

AREAS OF DRIZZLE CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA EARLY THIS MORNING ALONG
WITH IFR/LIFR STRATUS AND FOG. LOOK FOR THE DRIZZLE TO COME TO AN
END THIS MORNING. HOWEVER...WARMER/MOIST SOUTHERLY FLOW OVER A
MELTING SNOWPACK WILL CONTINUE TO FUEL IFR STRATUS WITH VSBY
IMPROVING SOMEWHAT BY LATER THIS MORNING. ANOTHER ROUND OF
DRIZZLE/LIGHT RAIN WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT
WITH WIDESPREAD IFR/LIFR CIGS AND VSBY EXPECTED.

&&

.ARX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WI...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY UNTIL 8 AM CST THIS MORNING FOR
     WIZ041>044-053>055-061.

MN...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY UNTIL 8 AM CST THIS MORNING FOR MNZ096.

IA...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY UNTIL 8 AM CST THIS MORNING FOR
     IAZ008>011-018-019-029-030.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM...ROGERS
LONG TERM...ROGERS
AVIATION...DAS


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