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FXUS63 KUNR 230524

Area Forecast Discussion For Western SD and Northeastern WY
National Weather Service Rapid City SD
1024 PM MST Sun Jan 22 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This Evening Through Monday Night)
Issued at 158 PM MST Sun Jan 22 2017

Deep upper low will fracture and eject toward the region in the
period, supporting cyclogenesis over the central plains and
increasing chances for accumulating snow across the region.
Forecast models continue to struggle with the details of this
system given a fracturing wave and tendencies to close an upper
low over the northern plains, not to mention the track of this
potential closing upper low. This then leads to a whole set of
issues WRT moisture transport, FGEN band location, and potential
CSI banding given potential instability indicated in model
forecast soundings. The most probable scenario was trended to in
the forecast database, one where SW-Central SD sees warning snows
in addition to the northern Black Hills, with general adv amounts
or less elsewhere, esp in the lee of the Black Hills if NW h7
winds materialize early. At this point feel confident to issue a
winter storm watch from the BH, SE. CAA/Pressure falls associated
with cyclogenesis will support breezy/gusty winds on the SD plain
Tues, further supporting a lean toward a watch.

Brief WAA surge may support some light snow over the western BH
tonight spreading NE onto the NW SD plains Monday morning. Any
precip may mix or fall as rain Monday morning, albeit very light.
Patchy fog can be expected over NW SD into scentral SD tonight.
There are a few model members indicating the potential for some
light freezing drizzle there, late tonight into the Monday
morning. However, confidence in this remains low. FGEN zone will
setup over the far NW Monday and may support periods of light snow
there Monday afternoon and evening. Main wave and pos theta-e
surge snows will arrive late Monday night and continue into Tues,
tapering off NW-SE Tues evening. Upslope enhancement can be
expected in the northern BH Tues, offering decent snow rates there
at times Tues. Current forecast thoughts are for 6+ inches in the
northern Black Hills and scentral SD, with 2-5 inches elsewhere.
Locally higher amounts will be possible if FGEN banding develops
and persists.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday Through Sunday)
Issued at 158 PM MST Sun Jan 22 2017

Upper low lifts into the Great Lakes region on Wednesday with
broad trof remaining over the northern CONUS. some residual
flurries will be possible over Northeast WY and the Black Hills,
along with far south central SD for much of the day. Dry weather
is expected for the rest of the extended period with ridging
building across the Northern Plains by the weekend. Temperatures
will gradually warm from the 20s early in the period, to the upper
30s and lower 40s by the weekend.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS Through 06Z Monday Night)
Issued At 1020 PM MST Sun Jan 22 2017

Mainly VFR CIGS from 6-12KFT AGL over WY will move northeast
through the area into Monday morning. Local MVFR conditions may
develop with patchy -SN. IFR ST/BR along/northeast of a line from
KMLS to KVTN will sink/develop slowly southwest into Monday
morning, reaching the the Black Hills in the afternoon. As a
storm system approaches from the west, conditions will further
deteriorate late Monday from west to east with widespread IFR
CIGS/VSBYS due to -SN.


SD...Winter Storm Watch from Monday evening through late Tuesday
     night for SDZ024>032-041>044-046-047-049-072>074.

WY...Winter Storm Watch from Monday evening through late Tuesday
     night for WYZ057.



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