Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KUNR 270828
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Area Forecast Discussion For Western SD and Northeastern WY
National Weather Service Rapid City SD
228 AM MDT Mon Mar 27 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today Through Tuesday Night)
Issued at 226 AM MDT Mon Mar 27 2017

08z surface analysis had weak high over the Dakotas with lee
trough from western MT into northeast CO. Water vapour loop had
departing upper trough east of the CWA taking precipitation along
with it. Some fog across the CWA given low T/Td spreads - will
address with short term forecast updates. Next upper trough now
entering the west coast. Upper trough will be the main weather
maker in the short term.

Today, upper ridge builds over the CWA in response to upper trough
moving into the Rockies. Surface high shifts east with return flow
developing. Early morning fog should burn off quickly. Temperatures
will be 5-10F above normal.

Tonight through Tuesday night, upper trough moves into the plains
states with energy splitting as it emerges from the Rockies. Main
energy will create upper low over the four corners area 12z Tuesday
and then move east into the southern plains by 12z Wednesday.
Northern branch of system will move across the US/Canadian border.
Over the CWA, inverted trough expected to cross. Well-defined
southeast upslope flow will develop under left exit region of jet
ahead of upper low. 850-650mb frontogenesis nicely defined with good
linkage to support aloft. Should see precipitation break out this
evening across WY and spread over the CWA overnight. Precipitation
will peak Tuesday and then slowly move east Tuesday night.
Beneficial rains probable with liquid equivalents 1"+ over and near
the Black Hills. Precipitation type concerning for late tonight
through Tuesday night over the higher terrain. Forecast soundings
marginal for snow, but expected sustained precipitation rates will
support several inches of snow over the Black Hills in a couple of
batches -- one later tonight/early Tuesday and then later
Tuesday/Tuesday night. If precipitation doesn`t change back to
liquid during the diurnal heating cycle Tuesday, substantial snow
amounts may occur above 5000 feet. Given expected storm total snow
amounts over the Black Hills of 3-6" split over two periods, will
let later shifts assess need for headlines.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday Through Sunday)
Issued at 226 AM MDT Mon Mar 27 2017

Lingering precipitation ends Wednesday as aforementioned storm
system moves away. Quiet weather Thursday. Another splitting
upper trough moves in for Friday and Saturday with PoPs warranted
for mainly rain. Temperatures will be 2-12F above normal through
the period.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS Through 06Z Monday Night)
Issued At 226 AM MDT Mon Mar 27 2017

Some IFR/LIFR fog, especially in/around the Black Hills, will
dissipate early this morning. Conditions will trend VFR by this
afternoon all areas. A storm system will bring increasing chances
for precipitation tonight from southwest to northeast with areas
MVFR CIGS/VSBYS expected - local IFR conditions over the higher
elevations of the Black Hills due to snow.

&&

.UNR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
SD...None.
WY...None.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...Helgeson
LONG TERM...Helgeson
AVIATION...Helgeson


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