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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
1248 PM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 428 AM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

fog is becoming more widespread this morning with patches across
west central and south central MN and northwest WI expanding into
central MN. The Dense Fog Advisory will Will likely need to
expanded into these areas by 430 AM. The fog will dissipate during
the mid morning.

Extensive stratus shield associated with a decaying MCS over SD
will spread across the region today, although it may break up a
bit as it does so. Cannot rule out a few showers and storms
reaching western Minnesota later this afternoon on the leading
edge of aggressive moisture advection. Could be seeing pwats of
nearly 2 inches already reaching this area by early evening, and
the rest of the area late this evening or overnight. Poor mid
level lapse rates yielding long, skinny CAPE and high pwats point
to a predominately heavy rain scenario. Adding to this threat is
MBE velocities slowing to less than 5 kt late tonight. A potent
wave lifting northeast from the central Plains will be the focus
for development tonight, beginning over southeastern SD and
spreading toward eastern MN and western MN after midnight.
Continued with the heavy rain wording and increased PoPs to
categorical as far east as I-35. It appears the best corridor for
heavy rainfall will stretch from Sioux Falls to the Twin
Cities/St. Cloud, where an inch or two may fall before 12Z
Wednesday.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday through Monday)
Issued at 428 AM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

Wednesday and Thursday...The prolonged rainfall event will
continue through Wednesday night, winding down early Thursday
morning as the center of low pressure shifts from northeast
Nebraska into southern Minnesota and into north-central Wisconsin
during this time. Efficient moisture advection due to the upper
level flow tapping into the subtropical jet will usher in PWATs
rising to around 2". There will also be an effective upper level
shortwave trough, with a cutoff low developing within it, ushering
the low pressure center on its way ENE. With the upper level low
remaining offset to the W of the surface low, this setup will
allow for more than adequate precipitation generation for much of
Wednesday through Wednesday night. While there may be a lull in
the action late Wednesday, the movement of the deep low plus even
a modest amount of insolation will help reload instability with
the deep atmosphere to increase precipitation coverage and
intensity for Wednesday afternoon and evening. There is also a
small chance (hence Marginal Risk) of severe thunderstorms due to
strong jetting aloft and bulk shear around 40kt, leading to
possible bowing segments. Yet, the deep moisture and weak lapse
rates will likely mitigate such a severe threat, making heavy rain
a more prominent problem. Rainfall rates may well easily exceed
3"/hr at times, and despite the progressive nature of the storms
(as opposed to training), the widespread coverage of such heavy
rain may cause localized flooding concerns. The rainfall will
gradually wind down late Wednesday night into Thursday as the deep
low shifts off to the east, allowing for some drying out during
the day Thursday into Thursday night. Temperatures will run close
to 10 degrees below normal on Wednesday due to the expansive
cloud/rain complications (though some pockets of mid 70s highs
cannot be ruled out) followed by warmer highs on Thursday with
decreasing clouds and lack of cold air advection behind the
departing system.

Friday through Monday...Fewer chances for rain for the end of this
week into next week, along with lesser intensity/coverage due to
the lack of any strong systems moving through the area. With an
unimpressive surface pattern in place Friday into Saturday, a weak
shortwave aloft will slide through the region Friday afternoon and
evening which may bring isolated to scattered showers and
thunderstorms. Another similar system looks to move through the
region late Sunday into Monday, again possibly bringing scattered
showers and thunderstorms. Thus, the benefit here is that Saturday
looks to be a fine day with a mix of sun and clouds and highs
around 80 degrees.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Wednesday afternoon)
Issued at 1247 PM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

Fog & low clouds have dissipated across the area with VFR
conditions prevailing for the resat of the day. Widespread
showers & thunderstorms will move northeastwards into the area
late this evening. Ceilings will deteriorate through the
overnight hours with most of the area seeing borderline MVFR/IFR &
the heaviest precipitation beginning around sunrise, & continuing
through the morning

KMSP...
VFR today, with rain moving into the area around midnight.
Expecting precip to begin at the terminal around 09Z, with MVFR
conditions and perhaps a few rumbles of thunder. Conditions
deteriorate to near-IFR mid-morning, with a break in showers &
improving conditions expected during the afternoon.


/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/
Wed...MVFR/IFR with -TSRA. Wind S-SE at 5-10 kts.
Thu...VFR. Wind N-NW 5-10 kts.
Fri...VFR. Wind W 5 kts.
&&

.MPX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WI...None.
MN...None.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...BORGHOFF
LONG TERM...JPC
AVIATION...ETA



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