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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
254 AM CST WED MAR 4 2015

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY AND TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 255 CST WED MAR 4 2015

THE SHORT TERM CONCERN REMAINS WIND CHILL ISSUES THIS MORNING TO THE
WEST AND THEN OVER MAINLY THE MN PORTION OF THE AREA FOR LATE
TONIGHT/THURSDAY MORNING.

A COLD MORNING ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING WITH MOST AREAS SEEING
ZERO OR BELOW.  SOME TEENS BELOW IN THE FAR NORTHWEST AREA WHERE THEY
SAW THE HEAVIEST ACCUMULATIONS YESTERDAY.  WINDS WILL REMAIN ABOVE 8
MPH THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING...WITH LOWEST WIND CHILLS 25 TO 30
BELOW IN THE ADVISORY AREA. WILL KEEP THE ADVISORY GOING THROUGH
EXPIRATION AT 15Z. MORNING SUNSHINE WILL GIVE WAY TO SOME CLOUDS AS
THE UPPER TROUGH SWINGS ACROSS THE AREA. SHOULD REMAIN ON THE
SCATTERED SIDE HOWEVER AND REMAINS TOO DRY TO MENTION FLURRIES. THE
WINDS WILL PICK UP THIS MORNING AND BECOME BREEZY AGAIN. AFTERNOON
HIGHS WILL STRUGGLE TO REMAIN IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ABOVE IN THE
NORTHWEST CWA...TO AROUND 10 ABOVE TO THE EAST.

WITH THE LARGE SURFACE HIGH DROPPING SOUTHEAST OVER THE AREA INTO
IOWA OVERNIGHT...WINDS WILL DIMINISH THIS EVENING OVER THE AREA.
WIND CHILLS MAY BECOME AN ISSUE AGAIN...MAINLY TO THE WEST FOR A
TIME...BUT WINDS MAY DECREASE ENOUGH TO LIMIT MENTION OF AN
ADVISORY.  WILL LET THE DAY SHIFT DETERMINE DETAILS.  IT WILL BE
ANOTHER COLD NIGHT...WITH ACTUAL AIR TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS BELOW
IN THE WESTERN AND NORTHERN PORTION OF THE CWA.

.LONG TERM...(THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY)
ISSUED AT 255 AM CST WED MAR 4 2015

THE BIG STORY IN THE LONG TERM FORECAST PERIOD WILL BE THE
TRANSITION TO WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES...WITH HIGHS IN THE
40S AND POSSIBLY EVEN 50S FOR THE FIRST HALF OF NEXT WEEK.

PRIOR TO THE WARMUP...SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE WILL YIELD ONE MORE
COLD DAY ON THURSDAY...WITH HIGHS TOPPING OUT IN THE MID TEENS
/WI/ TO LOWER 20S /WC MN/.

BY FRIDAY...THE OVERALL FLOW PATTERN BEGINS TO FEATURE A MORE
PRONOUNCED WESTERN CONUS RIDGE...WITH SOUTHWEST LLVL FLOW ENSUING.
SHOULD SEE HIGH TEMPS RESPOND BY MODERATING INTO THE 30S. OVER THE
WEEKEND...FAINT WAVES IN THE SOUTHERN PERIPHERY OF THE TROUGH
OVER NORTHERN MANITOBA/ONTARIO PIVOT INTO THE NORTH CENTRAL CONUS.
ATTENDANT MOISTURE/LIFT COULD SQUEEZE OUT A PERIODIC LIGHT SNOW
SHOWER OR TWO OVER THE WEEKEND....PRIMARILY ON SUNDAY AS THE MAIN
TROUGH PASSES.

AFTER THE TROUGH PASSES...A ZONAL FLOW REGIME DEVELOPS. BY 00Z
TUESDAY...850MB TEMPS MODERATE TO AROUND +5C. WITH THE ASSISTANCE
OF A 10+KT WIND...EXPECT HIGHS TO WARM INTO THE 40S NEARLY AREA-
WIDE WITH EXCEPT POSSIBLY SLIGHTLY COOLER READINGS IN THE UPPER
30S OVER WEST CENTRAL WI. LOW LEVEL TEMPS CONTINUE TO MODERATE
INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE UPCOMING WEEK...WITH BOTH GFS AND ECMWF
MODELS DEPICTING THE POTENTIAL FOR DOUBLE DIGIT 850MB TEMPS BY
WEDNESDAY. THIS COULD MEAN HIGHS IN THE MID 40S TO MID 50S RANGE
FOR THE ENTIRE FORECAST AREA. THE WARMEST READINGS WOULD BE FOUND
OVER WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MN WHERE THE WEST/SOUTHWEST WINDS
ARE A FAVORABLE DIRECTION FOR WARMING OFF OF THE BUFFALO RIDGE.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 06Z TAFS THROUGH 06Z WEDNESDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 1110 PM CST TUE MAR 3 2015

ASIDE FROM ISOLATED STREAKS OF CUMULUS CLOUDS WITH BASES NEAR
2000FT TONIGHT...THE TAF PERIOD LOOKS QUIET. WINDS WILL SLOW
DIMINISH LATE TONIGHT...BUT INCREASE AGAIN TOMORROW AFTERNOON.
SOME COMPUTER MODELS ARE HINTING AT SOME MVFR CEILINGS DEVELOPING
TOMORROW DURING THE DAY...BUT MN/WI IS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A
DRY/COLD AIR MASS...SO WE THINK CEILINGS ARE A BIT OF A STRETCH AT
THIS POINT.

KMSP...

WE HAVE HIGH CONFIDENCE IN A LOT OF VFR OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL
DAYS. WINDS WILL REMAIN OUT OF THE W-NW FOR THE NEXT 24-36 HOURS.

/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/
THU...VFR. WINDS SW 5-10 KTS.
FRI...VFR. WINDS WSW 5-15 KTS.
SAT...VFR. WINDS WNW 5-10 KTS.


&&

.MPX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MN...WIND CHILL ADVISORY UNTIL 9 AM CST THIS MORNING FOR MNZ041>045-
     047>059-064-065-073.

WI...NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...DWE
LONG TERM...LS
AVIATION...CLF


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