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FXUS63 KARX 212112

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
312 PM CST Sat Jan 21 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday)
Issued at 312 PM CST Sat Jan 21 2017

Starting to sound like a broken record, but fog remains the main
forecast concern through the remainder of the weekend. A Dense Fog
Advisory continues through noon on Sunday for the entire area.
With little in the way of a surface pressure gradient tonight
between the weakening surface low to the north and another system
passing to the south, and a low-level saturated layer aided by
continued melting snow, just don`t expect much change in
conditions overnight into Sunday. In fact, some locations with
improved visibilities this afternoon may go back down again
tonight. Some improvement in visibility may occur through Sunday,
but fog trends will need to be monitored, for better or for worse.
Either way, like the past few days, temps won`t budge much with
lows tonight in the low to mid 30s and highs Sunday in the mid 30s
to low 40s.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Friday)
Issued at 312 PM CST Sat Jan 21 2017

Weak surface ridging builds into the area Sunday night and Monday.
Although NAM soundings suggest the depth of moist layer will
decrease on Monday, it still may be tough to scour out the low

The time to watch for potential impactful weather is late Tuesday
into Wednesday. 21.12Z GFS/ECMWF continue to show an upper level
shortwave trough lifting into the Great Lakes aided by a 140 kt
300 mb jet. This scenario is supported by GEFS members as well.
However, the speed and placement of the upper wave and associated
surface low do vary quite a bit among models, not too
surprisingly given the strong downstream ridging. The GFS/ECMWF
both take the surface low track just south of the area. The GFS is
a bit faster and weaker with the system compared with the ECMWF,
which holds the wave back a bit with stronger forcing from the
upper wave/jet aiding in surface cyclogenesis. Sufficient to say,
it`s too early to tell how exactly the upper wave will evolve, but
right now would lean towards a slower solution indicated by the
ECMWF/NAM with the highest precip chances Tuesday night, location
depending on where the deformation zone winds up. Boundary layer
temps will determine the predominant precip type. Assuming a
surface low track to the south, overall a wet snow would be
favored during the bulk of the event, with maybe some rain mixed
in at times, depending on low-level thermal profiles. Several
inches of snow continues to look possible Tuesday night and
Wednesday over at least parts of the area, but given the spread
among possible solutions, including precip amounts/placement, it`s
too early to get into amounts at this point.

Beyond Wednesday, models are projecting the region to remain
under broad upper-level troughing into the weekend, with embedded
shortwaves rotating through. This will keep periodic, small
chances for light snow/flurries in the forecast through much of
this period, particularly on Thursday. Thermal profiles are
showing the precipitation generating layer around -10C and surface
temperatures below freezing, suggesting precipitation type should
be all snow. Steep low-level lapse rates could add a convective
element to the snow showers during the daytime hours.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Sunday afternoon)
Issued at 1139 AM CST Sat Jan 21 2017

Widespread lower stratus and fog continues across the area and is
likely to remain in place through midday Sunday. There is a risk
that ceilings could briefly lift for LSE later this afternoon as
an occluded frontal boundary and some warmer air intrude
northward, though confidence in that remains lower. Any higher
ceilings and/or visibility should replaced by a return to lower
conditions tonight, with widespread IFR to LIFR conditions
expected just about everywhere. Winds will remain light through
the period (under 10 knots) shifting from the southeast now to
south later this afternoon and northwest tonight.


WI...Dense Fog Advisory until noon CST Sunday for WIZ017-029-032>034-

MN...Dense Fog Advisory until noon CST Sunday for MNZ079-086>088-

IA...Dense Fog Advisory until noon CST Sunday for IAZ008>011-018-019-



SHORT TERM...Lawrence/JM
AVIATION...Lawrence is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.