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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
326 PM CDT Tue May 16 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday)
Issued at 312 PM CDT Tue May 16 2017

The main concern in the short term is the potential for heavy rain
and flooding tonight along the boundary that is forecast to be
draped from southern Minnesota through west central Wisconsin.
This boundary will be fairly stationary and could see continued
convective development along it with multiple rounds of 2-3"/hr
rainfall rates. There is also a severe threat, with the main
concern being large hail.

Early afternoon water vapor imagery with RAP13 500mb heights and
winds showed southwest flow across the Midwest with a few subtle
perturbations in the flow. SPC Mesoanalysis identified around 2000
J/kg of MLCAPE across the region, with deep layer shear of close
to 40 kts. This will be sufficient for a few supercells capable of
producing large hail with a secondary threat for damaging wind.
The higher LCLs of 1250 to 1500m help limit the tornado threat.

The main concern is heavy rain as an inverted trough of low
pressure remains stationary over the region. A stationary front as
seen in the H925 winds and isotherms will stall out across the
region as the low level jet strengthens overnight. HiRes models
are in good agreement with storms develop along this boundary.
These models tend to lift the storms northwest toward Mankato and
the Twin Cities metro, but given the lack of strong forcing feel
that the storms will remain closer to the boundary. The ECMWF does
the best job of depicting this scenario. Storms will be moving
progressively northeast, but this is parallel to the boundary so
should see continued redevelopment and potential for training
thunderstorms. For that reason issued a flash flood watch

On Wednesday the parent upper level wave will lift northeast cross
the region, and this will drive the front to the northwest. This
could lead to another are of heavy rain and flash flooding, mainly
along a line from Redwood Falls through St Cloud. Did not
address this secondary risk of heavy rain with any headlines
since it could change depending on how tonights convection

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 312 PM CDT Tue May 16 2017

Picking up the forecast tomorrow evening, the main low will finally
be arriving with widespread rain ongoing.  By 00Z, the low looks to
be near far northwest Iowa with the warm front extending to the
northeast.  Most of the precipitation at this time will be across
the deformation zone lifting north of the front.  The surface low
will track east-northeast, staying south of the metro and heading
through the Eau Claire area.  The instability will be confined to
the warm sector, so thunder chances will quickly diminish once the
wind direction shifts from southerly to northeasterly flow.

After that front drops through by Thursday, a much cooler several
days are expected as we remain in cool northerly flow with a
canadian high pushing south into the Upper Midwest.  However, the
next storm system will be taking shape along the lee of the rockies
as a norther deep upper trough pushes through the four corners
region.  This system will lift northeast rather quickly and move
directly through our area Saturday into Sunday.  Confidence has
increased in widespread rains for Saturday in southern MN and there
will be a chance for thunder in the warm sector, but instability
looks rather limited so not expecting particularly strong storms
with this.  Temperatures will likely be held in the 50s and with wet
weather most of the weekend, quite a different weekend compared to
last weekend.

That system lifts out by Monday morning with warm air advection
expected during the day Monday. Highs should recover to around 70.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Wednesday afternoon)
Issued at 207 PM CDT Tue May 16 2017

VFR conditions this afternoon, with showers and thunderstorms
developing later this evening across southeast MN and western WI.
These thunderstorms could produce heavy rain, but as of now it
appears they will be south and east of most taf sites. The storms
will lift northeast Wednesday morning, with MVFR/IFR ceilings
developing. Another area of rain will develop on Wednesday along
a line from Redwood Falls through St Cloud.

VFR conditions today with showers and thunderstorm chances
increasing later this evening and overnight. The heaviest rain
should be south and east of KMSP. Cloud bases should lower
overnight and be below 1700 ft tomorrow with rain likely.

Thu...VFR with MVFR/-SHRA possible early. Wind N at 10G15kt
Fri...VFR with MVFR/-TSRA possible. Wind NE at 10kt
Sat...MVFR/RA with IFR possible. Wind E at 10G20kt


WI...Flash Flood Watch from 9 PM CDT this evening through Wednesday
     morning for WIZ016-024>028.

MN...Flash Flood Watch from 9 PM CDT this evening through Wednesday
     morning for MNZ077-078-084-085-092-093.



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