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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
346 PM CST Wed Feb 14 2018

.SHORT TERM.../Tonight through Thursday/
Issued at 345 PM CST Wed Feb 14 2018

Main concern tonight will be fog and reduction of visibility.
Stratus and fog has been advecting northward all day long from
Missouri and has crossed into Southern Iowa.  With shallow moisture
in place up to about 2Kft and a fairly strong south to southwest
flow in place, we will see this moisture continue to advect into
Iowa.  Models are quite variable as to the extent of the dense fog
and as such and in collaboration with neighbors...we will hold off
on a dense fog advisory for now but I would expect with sunset, it
will not take long for fog to develop.  The most likely area to see
dense fog will be the southern third or so of the state and
especially east of I-35 although several models hint at a corridor
from Atlantic to Des Moines then just north of the I-80 corridor
will see quarter mile visibilities or less.

For Thursday a cold front will push across the state by early to mid
afternoon switching winds to the northwest and helping to lift the
low clouds and fog.  Thursday afternoon the winds will increase and
by evening a wind advisory may need to be considered.  This will be
discussed in the next section.

.LONG TERM.../Thursday night through Wednesday/
Issued at 345 PM CST Wed Feb 14 2018

Thursday night an upper trough/shortwave swings through the region
with a vorticity axis through MN and northern IA.  Moisture is
decent though not great and the forcing with this outruns the wave
so while precip chances are not great...there is at least a slight
chance for some very light snow or flurries across the far north for
a brief period of time late afternoon/early evening time frame.
Strong cold advection will occur late Thursday and Thursday night
and winds in the mixed layer, which will be quite deep, will be
30+kts.  While it is not quite advisory criteria, there will likely
be areas that have near or just touching advisory criteria winds.
this will need to be monitored for a potential advisory as the details
become a little more clear.

Friday, high pressure slides over the state and it will be cold but
with lighter winds so it won`t feel as bad as if there were some
wind with the cold.

High pressure will shift to the southeast on Saturday allowing winds
to switch around to a southerly direction and temps will respond by
climbing back into the 30s and 40s.  Another shortwave will pass
across the state.  The euro has been consistent spreading precip
across the forecast area while other models confine the precip to
the north.  A vort lobe slides down the wave and will likely be
responsible for precip further south.  The problem is moisture. We
are lacking it and as such it may be something along the line of
sprinkles south and flurries north.  There is better moisture and
some forcing northeast so I did put chance pops MCW and ALO but we
will see what future model runs do.

A stronger system impacts the area Sunday/Monday but temps make this
system interesting.  Depending on how fast the front moves thorugh,
southern or southeast Iowa could be quite warm and precip may be
rain with snow across the north/northwest.  QPF does not look to be
a lot at this point so we are not looking at a lot of snow at this
point but this will bear watching because it`s a pretty strong
surface low moving across the state.  Going forward... a deep trough
sets up over the southwest U.S. setting us up for numerous
disturbances to come across the state.  Temps will not be all that
mild though with a high sitting off to our northwest, low level cold
air will move into the state.


.AVIATION.../For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Thursday afternoon/
Issued at 1145 AM CST Wed Feb 14 2018

IFR conditions will move into central and southern IA as low clouds
and fog advect northward out of MO.  Still some question as to how
far north the IFR conditions will make it but for now I have it shy
of the highway 20 corridor.  Conditions to become MVFR aft 15Z as
winds begin to shift to a northerly direction.




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