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FXUS64 KFWD 280024 AAA

Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Fort Worth TX
724 PM CDT Mon Mar 27 2017

East winds 5 to 10 knots will gradually come around to the
southeast Tuesday as a warm front lifts northward. VFR conditions
will prevail through most of the overnight hours, before moisture
spreads northward bringing in MVFR ceilings into the Metroplex by
12z. Ceilings should continue to lower into the IFR category by
15z. Some drizzle/light rain is possible from 15z through 21z. As
the warm front lifts north to near the Red River, ceilings should
improve to MVFR but isolated to scattered showers and
thunderstorms will possible late afternoon through the evening.

At Waco...MVFR ceilings are expected to spread north into the
area around 06z and lower to IFR around 10z with drizzle and fog
possible. Some LIFR conditions are possible between 12 and 16z.
Expect conditions to improve to MVFR by 18z as the warm front
through the region. Ceilings should improve to VFR after 21z.
There is a low chance of thunderstorms during the afternoon but
the chances are not high enough to include in the Waco TAF at this



.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 422 PM CDT Mon Mar 27 2017/
Active weather will continue over the next week
as the flow generally remains quite progressive. As a result,
there will be numerous opportunities for showers and thunderstorms.
While rainfall will be welcomed, it`s likely that severe
weather will likely accompany some of the better rain chances.

Surface analysis and radar imagery this afternoon indicated that
the cold front that has swept through the area was located across
parts of Central and East TX at this time. It also extended back
towards the west towards the Permian Basin. Further upstream, the
next trough is sliding eastward across Southern California. As
this feature rapidly translates eastward, it should induce lee-
side pressure falls and allow the cold front to lift back towards
the north and we are already seeing some semblance of this per
KGRK radar imagery and surface observations across Central TX. The
position of this feature will be paramount to severe weather
chances across North and Central TX late Tuesday afternoon. We
will visit this more in detail later.

For tonight, expect generally warm temperatures as low level
moisture quickly streams northward. With not a large amount of
colder air to the north, I expect that lee-side pressure falls
should be efficient at lifting warm and moist air towards the Red
River. The implied isentropic upglide may be enough to spark a few
isolated showers down across Central TX and I`ve kept some low
PoPs through midnight. Through the early morning hours, I`ve
carried a dry forecast, but trends in hi-res output will need to
be monitored for potential showers and a storm or two. I`ve kept
the forecast dry mainly due to the generally shallow nature of the
moisture return at least initially. Later in the morning hours,
however, the low level wind field will intensify which will
support a greater magnitude of theta-e advection, especially
across western zones. Right now, the threat for strong to severe
thunderstorms during the morning hours looks low, but we will have
to monitor closely for a potential hail threat.

For Tuesday, breezy, warm and humid conditions are expected as
a very stout upper trough arrives from the west. 100 meter height
falls will overspread the southern TX panhandle and a dryline
will start to sharpen out west. The approach of the upper trough
should further drive lee-side cyclogenesis and help to accelerate
the warm front to the north. The location of this boundary will
likely play a role in the behavior of any deep moist convection in
its vicinity. Most guidance pulls this warm front near the Red
River by around 21 UTC, with the TTU WRF being the lone slow
outlier. The 3km NAM is quite aggressive and lifts the boundary
very far to the north into southern Oklahoma. That being said, I
have highest confidence in the general model consensus and the 3km
NAM given the front`s current behavior mentioned above. One
possibility for a slower warm frontal passage across the area
would be if convection were to develop across the Ozarks and
reinforce the cooler airmass to the north. Most if not all
guidance indicates WAA showers will be probable across the area
tomorrow morning into tomorrow afternoon. The synoptic background,
however, will be characterized by either neutral to subsident
motion. This would generally support generally shallow convection
with little to no severe weather threat through at least the early
afternoon hours. With that being said, we will have to keep tabs
on the position of the front, as well as the behavior of any
shallow convection as this activity could morph into severe storm
clusters should it tap into any of the surface based instability.
In addition, if these storm clusters interact with the likely SRH-
rich warm frontal boundary, a tornado risk may develop. This
scenario bears watching, but current thinking is that the better
probability for more widespread severe convection will not occur
until later in the day.

Later in the day on Tuesday, forecast soundings indicate that the
cap will begin to weaken, especially across western zones where
large scale ascent coupled with mixing should help to erode any
afternoon inhibition. The dryline will most likely remain out
across the western zones, so it`s likely that activity will be a
bit further west than it was on Sunday. As a result, I`ve kept
the highest rain chances along and northwest of a Comanche to Fort
Worth to Gainesville line. Further east closer towards the I-35
corridor, streamer showers will likely continue through the
afternoon. The cap does weaken here as well, but it`s unknown as
to whether or not this convection will become robust and breach
the cap. If it does, this convection closer to the I-35 corridor
will also have the potential to become severe during the afternoon

Severe hazards on Tuesday afternoon---The main risks will be
large hail and damaging winds. There will be a threat for
tornadoes, especially for surface based supercells that come
within close proximity of the warm front. Heavy rain will also be
a threat, especially for areas that received heavy rainfall on
Sunday evening.

Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning will continue to be active
as the main trough finally encroaches from the west. Strong DPVA
coupled with impressive height falls will overspread the entire
region and as a result, a line of showers and storms is expected
to erupt. With ample instability and deep layer shear in place,
numerous strong to severe thunderstorms are expected. Given the
magnitude of forcing, it`s likely that activity will congeal into
a squall line and this is handled well by most short/hi-resolution
numerical guidance.

Severe hazards on Tuesday night into Wednesday---The main hazards
with the squall line will be damaging straight-line winds and
perhaps some large hail. There will be a risk for an embedded
tornado or two as well. The line should march from west to east
through all of North and Central TX, before exiting sometime
Wednesday morning or afternoon.

Wednesday afternoon could prove to also be another active day
depending on the amount of recovery in the wake of the morning
MCS. Climatologically speaking, airmass recovery across North and
Central TX behind the MCS is a function of MCS longevity/motion. A
slower MCS would more than likely limit the amount of recovery in
the afternoon, while a swifter MCS would allow for a greater
potential for airmass recovery. At this time, it`s unknown as to
whether or not the airmass will recover in time for potentially a
second round, as some hi-res guidance (3km NAM) indicates. If the
3km NAM is to verify, there will be the potential for severe
storms (likely supercells) capable of large hail, damaging winds
and perhaps a few tornadoes. In addition, steep lapse rates
beneath the upper low that is expected to swing southeastward
would result in a hail threat even with seemingly weak convection
along the Red River.

Thursday and Friday should be relatively quiet with additional
rain chances returning on Saturday. The active pattern will
continue through the latter half of the weekend and into next
week. While a little early to tell, there could be a risk for
strong to severe thunderstorms during this time as well.



Dallas-Ft. Worth    59  80  65  76  56 /   5  30  70  60  10
Waco                61  82  65  78  57 /  10  20  60  60   5
Paris               53  74  63  70  56 /   5  30  50  80  40
Denton              55  76  63  75  55 /   5  40  70  50  10
McKinney            54  76  63  73  56 /   5  30  70  60  10
Dallas              59  81  66  76  58 /   5  30  70  60  10
Terrell             58  82  66  74  56 /   5  20  60  70  20
Corsicana           62  83  66  76  58 /  10  20  50  70  10
Temple              62  84  63  78  56 /  20  20  60  60   5
Mineral Wells       55  77  57  79  51 /   5  40  70  20   5




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