Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KARX 191745

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
1245 PM CDT Fri May 19 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Saturday)
Issued at 340 AM CDT Fri May 19 2017

Early this morning, watching a large area of showers and storms
across IA and MO in association with a well-defined short-wave
rotating around a Four Corners 500 hPa closed low. Dry northeast
flow with surface dewpoints in the lower to mid 30s across the
forecast area will work against the northward progression of these
showers and storms, but still expect to see accumulating rain to
near the I-90 corridor before activity begins to dissipate late
this morning and into the afternoon. Some isolated thunderstorms
are possible prior to 12Z across portions of northeast IA and far
southwest WI, but showers will be the dominate mode given little
to no instability. Rain amounts will be greatest across the far
south, ranging from 0.2 to 0.4 inches. Only a few hundredths are
expected farther north near the I-90 corridor. Otherwise, today
will be cloudy, breezy, and unseasonably cool with afternoon
highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s.

After a brief break in rainfall late this afternoon into the
evening, expect the next round of precipitation tonight into
Saturday as the primary 500 hPa closed low ejects northeastward,
nearing the SD/NE/IA/MN border region by 00Z Sunday. Strong 850
hPa moisture advection will increase PWATs across the region to
near 1.5 inches. Mid-level warm air advection and strong forcing
aloft will result in numerous showers by 12Z Saturday across the
south expanding northward through the day. Through 12Z Sunday, an
additional 0.75 to 1.25 inches of rain are possible across the
forecast area. See hydrology section below for possible impacts.
Strong deep layer shear will accompany this system, but
instability appears limited. The GFS is most robust, showing 500
to 1500 J/kg of 0-3 km MUCAPE clipping the southeastern third of
the forecast area Saturday afternoon/evening, whereas the NAM
and ECMWF show little to no CAPE. For this reason, severe weather
is not expected at this time, but will keep with the idea of
isolated thunderstorms through the day.

Temperatures Saturday will be dependent on the surface low track,
but are likely to range from the lower 50s across the northwest to
near 70 degrees across the far southeast forecast area.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday through Thursday)
Issued at 340 AM CDT Fri May 19 2017

Sunday will be the drier day of the weekend as Saturday`s rain
lifts north of the forecast area. It will still be mostly cloudy
and cool with breezy westerly wind. Afternoon highs will only be
in the mid to upper 50s.

Rain chances return late Monday and Monday night as a Canadian
short-wave drops south and rotates around Saturday`s 500 hPa
closed low parked across central Ontario. Shear/instability
profiles support thunder, but do not appear to be strong enough at
this time for severe weather. PWATs are less (generally less than
an inch), so rainfall amounts around a half inch or less seem
reasonable for now.

Tuesday through Thursday, medium range models begin to diverge in
their timing/evolution of short-waves in northwest flow aloft.
Will follow a model consensus for this period, favoring low end
chances for additional showers to end the week. Any additional
thunderstorms appear minimal at this time given weak overall
instability. Broader synoptic pattern favors continued chilly
conditions for late May with daily highs from the mid 50s to mid


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon)
Issued at 1245 PM CDT Fri May 19 2017

Rain showers will continue at the TAF sites through late afternoon
with VFR conditions expected. After a break in the  rain, a
second round is expected late tonight into Saturday. Periods of
IFR conditions are possible in the steadier rains. Conditions
should mainly be MVFR through the morning hours Saturday. Also, we
may see some LLWS develop after 6Z tonight at KLSE and possibly
continue into early Saturday morning. Isolated thunderstorms are
possible on Saturday, mainly after 12Z. The overall confidence in
the coverage of the thunderstorms is uncertain so have not
included them in the TAF at this time.


Issued at 340 AM CDT Fri May 19 2017

River Flood Warnings continue along the Trempealeau River at
Arcadia and Dodge, the Black River at Black River Falls and
Galesville, and the Yellow River at Necedah as recent heavy
rainfall continues to move through the river system.

Several additional rounds of showers with some embedded storms
are possible today into early next week. The most significant
rainfall should fall on Saturday when some areas may pick up an
inch or more. While showers and storms at any particular time
should be progressive enough to limit flash flooding issues, the
cumulative effect of an inch or more of rain over several days may
result in additional flooding on area rivers and streams,
especially those that are already running high from recent heavy




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