Area Forecast Discussion
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO
351 PM CST Sun Jan 21 2018

.Discussion...
Issued at 319 PM CST SUN JAN 21 2018

A stout surface low is currently situated over central Kansas,
with a good push of warm southerly flow affecting east central
Kansas and west central Missouri. A pretty obvious quasi-
stationary warm front is located at the northern border of
Missouri, and is characterized by temperatures well in the 50s and
60s south of the boundary and temperatures in the 40s north of the
boundary. Expect the warm sector to be the region of some weak
thunderstorm activity as we go through the next 12 hours. In the
mid levels, there is a strong trough upstream of the forecast
area, which will approach through the next few hours. The
approach of this trough will help increase the coverage of some
scattered showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon.
Instability this afternoon will be somewhat limited, but still
relatively high considering the mid January date. MU CAPE of
around 500 J/kg can be expected later this evening and overnight
as the trough approaches and the cold air aloft associated with
the trough helps to steepen the mid level lapse rates. Surface
based activity does not appear all that likely with this activity,
as forecast soundings indicate a fairly thick layer of marginal
to weak instability, as the better lapse rates take hold of any
parcels around 5000 feet off the surface. The showers and
thunderstorms this evening could come in two rounds. The first
round would be in conjunction with a low level jet nosing into the
area, but with a slot of dry air aloft it may push the better
chances a little east of the KC Metro area. The second round of
thunderstorms would be in conjunction with some colder air aloft
arriving to the area, which would steepen mid level lapse rates
even more. This second round, indicated on the Hi-Res models might
be western Missouri`s (including the KC Metro area) best chance
for some thunderstorms. The first round would likely come through
around 00z, while the second round would be more in the 03z to 06z
time frame. Overall, not expecting this activity to be severe,
considering the minimal CAPE, but with good shear and good mid
level lapse rates it would not be out of the question to see a
strong storm or two after dark tonight.

The dry slot in the mid levels push the area clear of any
precipitation overnight as the main trough itself ejects through
the area. The prospects for winter weather become a little muddier
going into Monday/Tuesday. Virtually all models to this point have
been very pessimistic with respect to potential for winter weather
on the backside of the departing low pressure system. Consensus
model guidance also suggests surface temperatures much too warm
for any winter precipitation, which would relegate the backside
precipitation to mostly drizzle and rain. However latest model
guidance has suggest a slight southern shift in this system, which
may put far northern Missouri in better play for some light snow
during the day on Monday. While the KC metro area and the I-70
corridor still seem rather safe from much in the way of wintry
precipitation the next 12 hours or so will need to bear some
watching for another shift south of the system, and perhaps a
better chance for some light wintry precipitation for areas along
the I-70 corridor.

By Tuesday the system ejects out of the area, and a relatively
quiet week of weather ensues. Above normal temperatures are
expected, with a gradual increase in daily highs through at least
Friday, when highs are expected to be in the middle 50s. Mid level
pattern shows some ridging, which will help with the warm and fair
conditions. The next trough is expected to come through the area
next weekend with some light rain, and perhaps some light wintry
precipitation on the backside as it ejects out.

&&

.Aviation...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday Afternoon)
Issued at 1146 AM CST SUN JAN 21 2018

Forecast kicks off with inconsistent low ceilings across the
area, prompting a TEMPO group for brief improvements in ceiling
during an overarching period of MVFR stratus. Shower/T-storm
coverage this evening and tonight will be spotty at best, so
decided to avoid mention of any prevailing rain at the terminals,
considering any period of rain should be brief. Early Monday
morning is a bit muddier once the deformation band comes through.
Could be some light drizzle, although certainty is low considering
mixed model guidance. The higher probabilities of reduced VIS
should be just to the north of MCI. Went ahead with an aggressive
MVFR forecast for now, but could back off it or accelerate it
depending on the how the next 12 hours look.


&&

.EAX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
KS...NONE.
MO...NONE.
&&

$$

Discussion...Leighton
Aviation...Leighton



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