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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
1207 PM CST WED NOV 26 2014

.UPDATE...
ISSUED AT 1207 PM CST WED NOV 26 2014

WITH THE WRAP-AROUND SNOW JUST NOW MOVING INTO THE NORTHWESTERN
CWA...AND A FEW LOCATIONS DOWN TO AROUND ONE HALF MILE TO ONE MILE
AT TIMES HAVE EXTENDED THE ADVISORY TO 6 PM ACROSS THE WESTERN
CWA. SNOW WILL TAPER OFF FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST THROUGHOUT
THE LATE AFTERNOON TO EARLY EVENING HOURS ACROSS THE CWA. DRIER
AIR IS WORKING ITS WAY INTO THE NORTHEASTERN CWA AHEAD OF THE
WRAP-AROUND BAND AND IS CAUSING THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE WAA BAND
OF SNOW TO REMAIN FURTHER SOUTH/WEST THAN ANTICIPATED. THEREFORE
AREAS AROUND MASON CITY AND INTO WATERLOO SHOULD NOT SEE AS MUCH
SNOW AS PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT. HAVE LEFT THEM IN THE ADVISORY AT THIS
TIME WITH SNOW EXPECTED TO MOVE THROUGH BY MID/LATE AFTERNOON DUE
TO THE WRAP-AROUND BAND BUT 1-2 INCH AMOUNTS LOOK MORE LIKELY IN
THOSE AREAS VERSUS THE PREVIOUS FORECAST OF 3-4 INCHES. MORE
PERSISTENT BAND OF SNOW CONTINUES ACROSS THE SOUTHERN CWA FROM
AROUND DES MOINES TO OTTUMWA. THIS SHOULD CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT
FEW HOURS WITH THE SNOW AREA SLIDING SLOWLY SOUTHEAST. THIS WILL
RESULT IN HIGHER SNOW AMOUNTS THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT ACROSS THE
SOUTHEASTERN CWA AS WELL...WITH TOTAL AMOUNTS MOST LIKELY REACHING
THE 2-4 INCH RANGE BEFORE THE SNOW TAPERS OFF BY LATE AFTERNOON
INTO THE EARLY EVENING.

UPDATE ISSUED AT 917 AM CST WED NOV 26 2014

FORECAST REMAINS ON TRACK THUS FAR WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW BAND NOW
ROTATING NORTHEASTWARD INTO THE EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN CWA.
VISIBILITIES ARE DROPPING TO AROUND ONE HALF MILE TO ONE MILE AT
TIMES IN THE SNOW BAND. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS SHOULD TOP OUT AT 3 TO 5
INCHES ACROSS THE MAJORITY OF THE ADVISORY AREA. THE SOUTHWESTERN
CWA SHOULD CONTINUE TO SEE MAINLY DRY CONDITIONS. THE WRAP-AROUND
PORTION OF THE SNOW IS BEGINNING TO MOVE INTO
NORTHWESTERN/NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE CWA AND SHOULD CONTINUE TO
PUSH INTO THE NORTHERN CWA THROUGH THE MORNING/EARLY AFTERNOON.
THE SYSTEM AS A WHOLE WILL CONTINUE TO DROP OFF TO THE SOUTHEAST
THROUGH THE DAY WITH SNOW TO TAPER OFF FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST
THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

&&

.SHORT TERM /TODAY/...
ISSUED AT 355 AM CST WED NOV 26 2014

THE APPROACHING WINTER STORM AND SNOW EVENT HAVE UNFOLDED VERY MUCH
AS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT...WITH A BANDING FEATURE TRANSLATING SLOWLY
EASTWARD ACROSS THE AREA AND AFFECTING A BROAD SWATH ROUGHLY DOWN
THE I-35 CORRIDOR AT THIS TIME. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WITHIN THIS BAND
HAVE ALREADY REACHED BETWEEN 1 AND 3 INCHES ACCORDING TO SPARSE
REPORTS. THE PARENT SURFACE LOW IS STILL LOCATED ACROSS FAR
NORTHWEST IOWA...AND WILL SLIDE SOUTHEASTWARD TODAY. THE EARLY
MORNING SNOW BAND SHOULD CONTINUE TO SLOWLY PROGRESS EAST AND
NORTHEAST THIS MORNING...CLEARING OUT OF CENTRAL IOWA...THEN STALL
AND GRADUALLY WEAKEN AS THE SURFACE LOW SLIDES THROUGH. THIS WILL
RESULT IN SLIGHTLY LESS INTENSE SNOWFALL RATES ACROSS OUR NORTHEAST
LATER THIS MORNING...BUT A LONGER DURATION OF SNOWFALL AS THE BAND
PIVOTS AROUND THE LOW RESULTING IN HIGHER SNOWFALL TOTALS IN THOSE
AREAS. DOWN TOWARD THE DES MOINES METRO MOST OF THE ACCUMULATING
SNOW SHOULD FALL WITHIN THE PROGRESSIVE BAND...ENDING AROUND 5 OR
PERHAPS 6 AM...WITH JUST LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS THEREAFTER.

THE TEMPERATURE FORECAST FOR TODAY IS ALSO PROBLEMATIC...AS IN THE
NORTHWEST HIGHS WILL PROBABLY BE THE TEMPERATURE AT 12Z...WHEREAS IN
THE SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST WARM AIR ADVECTION ON THE LEADING FLANK OF
THE LOW SHOULD ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO CLIMB TO A COUPLE DEGREES ABOVE
FREEZING IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON...POTENTIALLY RESULTING
IN A CHANGE OF PRECIP OVER TO LIGHT RAIN AT TIMES. IN ANY EVENT
ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE LIGHT IN THOSE AREAS BY THAT TIME...BUT AT
LEAST IT WILL KEEP ROADS WET INSTEAD OF ICY. THE OTHER FORECAST
CONCERN IS THE WINDS COMING IN BEHIND THE LOW THIS AFTERNOON AND
EVENING...ESPECIALLY ACROSS OUR NORTHERN AND WESTERN
COUNTIES...WHICH COULD RESULT IN SOME BLOWING SNOW EFFECTS. THE
PRECIP SHOULD END BEFORE THE STRONGER WINDS ARRIVE AND THE NEW SNOW
ON THE GROUND WILL BE FAIRLY WET AND STICKY. THIS WILL MITIGATE
BLOWING SNOW IMPACTS...BUT THERE COULD STILL BE SOME SHALLOW
BLOWOVER ON THE ROADS WHICH...COMBINED WITH RAPIDLY FALLING
TEMPERATURES THIS EVENING...MAY RESULT IN REFREEZE ISSUES AFTER
DARK. FOR NOW THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY LINES UP WELL WITH
FORECAST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS SO NO CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE...BUT THESE
POSSIBLE THREATS WILL BE ASSESSED THROUGHOUT THE DAY IN CASE CHANGES
TO THE ADVISORY AREA/TIMING BECOME NECESSARY.

.LONG TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/...
ISSUED AT 355 AM CST WED NOV 26 2014

THE COLD ADVECTION SURGE WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE INTO IOWA THIS
EVENING AND THIS WILL BE THE PERIOD OF PEAK MIXING AND WIND GUST
POTENTIAL. WIND GUSTS TO 35 MPH ARE LIKELY AND THIS WILL CREATE
SOME AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW. POTENTIAL IS THERE THAT HEADLINES MAY
NEED TO BE EXTENDED INTO THE EVENING FOR THE BLOWING SNOW. A
SECONDARY SHORT WAVE DROPPING THROUGH SOUTHERN MN AND INTO
NORTHERN IA THIS EVENING WILL KEEP THE POTENTIAL FOR LIGHT SNOW
GOING OVER THE EAST/SOUTHEAST BEFORE ENDING WITH ADDITIONAL
ACCUMULATIONS LESS THAN ONE INCH.

COLD HIGH PRESSURE WILL SETTLE INTO LATE TONIGHT AND INTO
THURSDAY. LOW TEMPERATURES WILL BE NEAR TO BELOW ZERO OVER THE
NORTHWEST TONIGHT AS THE ARCTIC AIR ARRIVES. THURSDAY WILL REMAIN
COLD UNDER THE HIGH PRESSURE HOWEVER THE SYSTEM WILL BE
PROGRESSIVE AND WILL BE PASSING EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BY
THE EVENING. THIS WILL RESULT IN WARM ADVECTION THROUGHOUT
THURSDAY NIGHT. THE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES LIKELY WILL BE AFTER
THE END OF THE HIGH TEMPERATURE GRID PERIOD OF 01Z AND BE CLOSER
TO MIDNIGHT. WARMER TEMPERATURES ARRIVE ON FRIDAY WITH MOST
LOCATIONS RISING ABOVE FREEZING AS STRONG WARMING ALOFT COMMENCES.
INITIAL ENERGY WILL BE SPENT ON MELTING THEN READINGS SHOULD RISE
INTO THE 40S OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IOWA WHILE THE NORTH
REMAINS IN THE 30S WERE DEEPER SNOW COVER IS EXPECTED. LIKELY TOO
CONSERVATIVE ON HIGHS SATURDAY OVER AREAS THAT HAVE LITTLE TO NO
SNOW COVER TO BEGIN THE DAY. THE 850 MB THERMAL RIDGE WILL BE OVER
IOWA MUCH OF THE DAY WITH TEMPERATURES OF 12C TO 15C POSSIBLE.
OBVIOUSLY MIXING WILL NOT OCCUR TO THIS LEVEL BUT WITH SOUTHWEST
WINDS...COULD WELL WARM INTO THE 50S AND APPROACH 60 OVER
SOUTHWEST IOWA WHILE COOLER OVER THE NORTH. SUSPECT TEMPERATURES
ARE STILL TOO COOL SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY AS THE NEXT ARCTIC
BOUNDARY IS DELAYED A BIT. SUNDAY COULD APPROACH 50 IF EVERYTHING
FALLS RIGHT OVER SOUTHERN IOWA. THE BOUNDARY SHOULD ARRIVE OVER
NORTHERN IOWA DURING THE DAY WITH TEMPERATURES FALLING.

THE REMAINDER OF THE EXTENDED INCLUDES A COLD MONDAY FOLLOWED BY A
MORE SEASONAL DAY ON TUESDAY. SOME POTENTIAL FOR PRECIPITATION
AGAIN ON TUESDAY WITH THE ARRIVAL OF WARM ADVECTION.

&&

.AVIATION...26/18Z
ISSUED AT 1207 PM CST WED NOV 26 2014

SNOW TO IMPACT MOST TAF SITES THROUGH THE AFTERNOON WITH SNOW
EXPECTED TO TAPER OFF BY EARLY EVENING. LIFR TO IFR CIGS TO REMAIN
ACROSS THE AREA WITH CIGS TO LIFT TO MVFR THIS EVENING AND GO VFR
BY LATE TONIGHT INTO THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. IN AREAS OF
SNOW...VSBYS WILL LIKELY REMAIN IN THE IFR TO MVFR RANGE. EASTERLY
TO NORTHEASTERLY WINDS WILL SHIFT AROUND TO THE NORTH/NORTHWEST BY
LATE THIS AFTERNOON/EVENING AND BECOME GUSTY BEFORE DIMINISHING
LATE TONIGHT.

&&

.DMX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR BLACK
HAWK-BOONE-BREMER-BUTLER-CERRO GORDO-EMMET-FRANKLIN-GRUNDY-
HAMILTON-HANCOCK-HARDIN-HUMBOLDT-JASPER-KOSSUTH-MARSHALL-PALO
ALTO-POCAHONTAS-POWESHIEK-STORY-TAMA-WEBSTER-WINNEBAGO-WORTH-
WRIGHT.

&&

$$

UPDATE...BEERENDS
SHORT TERM...LEE
LONG TERM...DONAVON
AVIATION...BEERENDS


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