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FXUS63 KMPX 191006
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
406 AM CST FRI DEC 19 2014

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY AND TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 406 AM CST FRI DEC 19 2014

THE SHORT TERM CONCERN IS THE LIGHT SNOW THREAT LIFTING TO THE EAST
THIS MORNING. THEN THE CHANCE OF PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE AND LIGHT
SNOW ACROSS THE AREA TONIGHT.

WATER VAPOR IMAGERY SHOWING UPPER TROUGH MOVING ACROSS EASTERN AREAS
EARLY THIS MORNING.  285 ISENTROPIC SURFACE SHOWS BAND OF SATURATION
MOVING EAST THIS MORNING.  COULD SEE A DUSTING OF SNOW IN THE
NORTHEAST QUAD OF THE CWA THROUGH ABOUT MID MORNING.  SOME FLURRIES
MAY LINGER OVER THE EAST INTO THE AFTERNOON BUT THEY SHOULDNT BE
SIGNIFICANT.  BECAUSE OF THE EXTENSIVE CLOUD COVER...TEMPERATURES
SHOULD RANGE 25 TO 30 FOR MOST OF THE AREA.

INTO TONIGHT...THE EXTENSION OF THE TROUGH OVER WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA
NOW...DIGS A BIT MORE TO THE SOUTH AND GENERATES A BIT MORE LIFT
INTO CENTRAL AND NORTHERN MN.  WILL MENTION SLIGHT CHANCE LIGHT SNOW
AGAIN OVER THE FAR NORTH CWA INTO TONIGHT.  LOWER CLOUDS OVER THE
FAR SOUTH COULD GENERATE SOME PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE OR FLURRIES AS
THE TROUGH PASSES. AT THIS MOMENT...IT IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE
WIDESPREAD.

.LONG TERM...(SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 406 AM CST FRI DEC 19 2014

MAIN CONCERNS DURING THE LONG TERM REMAIN FZDZ POTENTIAL
SATURDAY/SATURDAY NIGHT...FOLLOWED BY PRECIP CHANCES SUNDAY
THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT. INCLUDED IN THE PRECIP CHANCE NEXT WEEK
IS THE ISSUE OF P-TYPE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY NIGHT.

SATURDAY LOOKS DRY...ONE OF THE ONLY DRY PERIODS IN THE LONG TERM.
LITTLE OR NO LIFT BEHIND A TROUGH TONIGHT...DESPITE A MOIST BOUNDARY
LAYER...SHOULD PREVENT DRIZZLE FROM CONTINUING BEYOND TONIGHT. LOOKS
LIKE MORE OF A LOW CEILING TYPE DAY. THE FREEZING DRIZZLE APPEARS
TO RETURN SATURDAY NIGHT AS ANOTHER WAVE APPROACHES AND PROVIDES
MODEST LIFT AND A DEEPER MOIST LAYER. DOES NOT LOOK WIDESPREAD...BUT
PATCHES OF DRIZZLE MAY CREATE SOME SLICK SPOTS. AS THE WAVE CONTINUES
EAST SUNDAY...MOISTURE DEPTH WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AND WILL BEGIN
TO INTERSECT THE DGZ...ALLOWING FOR A TRANSITION FROM DRIZZLE TO
SNOW. POPS REMAIN IN THE CHC RANGE FOR THE EASTERN CWA SUNDAY.

THE SURFACE LOW DISCUSSED AT LENGTH LATELY WILL EMERGE FROM
ALBERTA SUNDAY AFTERNOON AS IT TREKS SOUTHEAST INTO THE NORTHERN
PLAINS. THE TROUGH ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LOW WILL DIG AS THE LOW
APPROACHES...CAUSING IT TO SLOW AND EVENTUALLY BECOME SOMEWHAT CUT
OFF OVER THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY EARLY NEXT WEEK. A THERMAL
RIDGE AND WETBULB TEMPS ABOVE FREEZING WILL LIFT NORTH...EAST OF
THE CENTER INTO SRN MN AND WRN WI. A MIXY SCENARIO SHOULD BECOME
MAINLY RAIN LATE SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY...ALTHOUGH DRY LAYERS
CIRCULATING AROUND THIS LOW MAY ALSO ALLOW FOR A BIT OF SLEET FROM
TIME TO TIME. DESPITE THE LIKELY POPS...SEVERAL DRY HOURS ARE
ANTICIPATED. HOWEVER...PRECIPITATION SHOULD OCCUR AT SOME POINT
DURING THOSE 12 HOURS. AMOUNTS LOOK RATHER LIGHT...BETWEEN A TENTH
AND FIFTEEN HUNDREDTHS EACH PERIOD. THE LOW WILL PUSH EAST MONDAY
NIGHT WITH COLDER AIR WRAPPING AROUND WHICH SHOULD BRING BACK
MAINLY SNOW. TOTALS SHOULD BE LESS THAN A COUPLE INCHES.

A SECONDARY DIGGING OF THE TROUGH WILL SPAWN ANOTHER LOW THAT WILL
EVENTUALLY BECOME THE STRONGER...MORE DOMINANT SYSTEM FOR
CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY TO OUR EAST. IT IS BECOMING LESS LIKELY WE
WILL BE IMPACTED DIRECTLY WITH THIS SYSTEM ASIDE FROM SCATTERED
SNOW SHOWERS OR FLURRIES.

MID LEVEL RIDGING RETURNING FOR CHRISTMAS DAY WILL PROVIDE THE
OTHER DRY PERIOD BEFORE ANOTHER SYSTEM ORGANIZES OVER THE CENTRAL
ROCKIES AND WESTERN HIGH PLAINS THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 06Z TAFS THROUGH 06Z FRIDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 1107 PM CST THU DEC 18 2014

FAIRLY PERSISTENT LOW-END VFR TO SOLID MVFR CEILINGS TO REMAIN IN
PLACE FOR JUST ABOUT THIS ENTIRE TAF PERIOD AS SLY WINDS BRING IN
LLVL MOISTURE IN ADVANCE OF A WEAK UPR LVL DISTURBANCE DRIFTING
THRU OVERNIGHT THRU TMRW MRNG. PRECIPITATION SHOULD BE VERY LIGHT
IF NOT NIL...POSSIBLY THE OCNL FLURRY. ALSO NOT LOOKING FOR
CEILINGS TO DROP INTO IFR RANGE DESPITE SOME MOS GUIDANCE HINTING
AS SUCH. WINDS WILL SLOWLY VEER FROM SE TO S TNGT INTO
TMRW...WITH THE WI TAF SITES GOING FROM LGT/VRBL TO S AS HIGH PRES
OVHD SLIDES E.

KMSP...TRICKY START TO THE KMSP TAF AS CEILINGS ARE RIGHT AT OR
ARND THE 1700 THRESHOLD. AM XPCTG CIGS TO REMAIN AT OR SLIGHTLY
BELOW 1700 THRU EARLY FRI MRNG THEN EXPERIENCE SOME SLIGHT
IMPROVEMENT FOR AT LEAST THE FIRST HALF OF THE DAY TMRW. WITH
CEILINGS SO NEAR CATEGORICAL THRESHOLDS FOR MUCH OF THIS TAF...
SOME FREQUENT AMENDMENTS MAY NEED TO BE MADE SO WILL CONTINUE TO
MONITOR.

/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/
FRI...VFR EARLY...POSSIBLY MVFR BY AFTN/EVENING. WINDS SSE 6-8 KTS.
SAT...MVFR CIGS. CHC -FZDZ LATE. WINDS SSE 5 KTS.
SUN...MVFR/IFR. CHC -FZDZ/-RA/-SN. WINDS SSE 7-10KTS.


&&

.MPX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MN...NONE.
WI...NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...DWE
LONG TERM...BORGHOFF
AVIATION...JPC






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