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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
330 PM CST SUN MAR 1 2015

.SYNOPSIS...
ISSUED AT 330 PM CST SUN MAR 1 2015

SKIES ARE CLEARING ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST AS ANOTHER SEASONALLY COLD
AIRMASS FROM THE DAKOTAS FILTERS IN. EJECTING ENERGY FROM CALIFORNIA
SHOULD ARRIVE IN UPPER MIDWEST WITHIN 36 HOURS AND OVERRIDE OUR CURRENT
COLD AIRMASS. ANALYSIS CONFIRMS A FAST AND OPEN WAVE TO LIMIT PRECIPITATION
AMOUNTS MID WEEK.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY)
ISSUED AT 330 PM CST SUN MAR 1 2015

SHORT TERM FORECAST CONFIDENCE ASSESSMENT...GOOD OR ABOVE AVERAGE WITH
LITTLE SENSIBLE WEATHER ISSUES. VERIFICATION SUGGESTS CLOUDS MAY A FEW
HOURS TOO FAST ARRIVING MONDAY AFTERNOON. AREA MINS AND MAX TEMPERATURES
MOST LOCATION SHOULD BE WITHIN 3 DEGREES WITH MOST SPOTS POSSIBLY A
DEGREE OR TWO TOO MILD TONIGHT WITH CLEAR SKIES AND DECOUPLING TOWARD
MORNING. HIGHS MONDAY WITH MORE SUNSHINE MAY NEED TO BE RAISED BY AT
LEAST A FEW DEGREES FOR LATER SHIFTS.

TONIGHT...CLEAR TO MOSTLY CLEAR WITH NORTHWEST WINDS OF 5 TO 10+ KTS
DIMINISHING TO AROUND 5 KTS TOWARD SUNRISE. AREAS WHERE WINDS FALL TO
LESS THAN 5 KTS IN WEST 1/3 TO 1/2 OF AREA MAY DECOUPLE AND RESULT IN
LOWS AT LEAST 3 DEGREES COLDER DUE TO OUR SNOW COVER. ISOLATED BELOW
ZERO READINGS MAY OCCUR THERE...ALONG AND NORTH OF I-80.

MONDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY TO SUNNY WITH INCREASING HIGH CLOUDS BETWEEN 1
AND 5 PM. ARRIVAL OF HIGH CLOUDS BY A COUPLE OF HOURS WILL IMPACT HIGHS
FOR LATER SHIFTS. WINDS TO BE LIGHT BECOMING LIGHT SOUTH TOWARD LATE
AFTERNOON. HIGHS OF 25 TO 30 DEGREES GOOD COMPROMISE WHICH WILL STILL
BE ABOUT 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.


.LONG TERM...(MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH NEXT SUNDAY)
ISSUED AT 330 PM CST SUN MAR 1 2015

MONDAY NIGHT...ASSESSING THE 12Z MODEL RUNS HANDLING THE SOUTHWEST
FLOW SYSTEM ARRIVING THIS PERIOD...SEEMS WITH THE OPEN WAVE/TROF
ALOFT ALONG WITH STOUT FLOW THROUGH THE VERTICAL COLUMN/JETS AT ALL
LEVELS...THE SYSTEM WILL BE VERY PROGRESSIVE. STILL VIGOROUS AND FED
SEASONABLY HIGH/180-200 PERCENT OF NORMAL/ PWATS OF 0.60 TO 0.80 OF
AN INCH...AGREE WITH THE PREVIOUS SHIFT THAT MOST OF THE CWA WILL
STILL GET FROM 0.20 TO AROUND A HALF INCH OF QPF DESPITE THE SPEED
OF THE SYSTEM BEFORE IT WINDS DOWN LATER TUE AFTERNOON AND EARLY
EVENING FROM WEST TO EAST. THE PROBLEM/CHALLENGE CONTINUES TO BE
WHAT TYPE OF PRECIP AND IT/S DURATION/EVOLUTION THROUGH THE CWA.
WITH SATURATION AND DRY AIR INITIALLY IN PLACE WILL KEEP MONDAY
EVENING BEFORE MIDNIGHT MAINLY DRY. BUT STOUT SOUTHWESTERLY LLJ OF
40-50 KTS WILL BRING A SEASONABLY IMPRESSIVE WARM MOIST CONVEYOR UP
ACRS AND THEN EAST OF THE CWA ROUGHLY FROM 06Z-18Z TUE...PRECIP
SHOULD REALLY BLOSSOM ACRS THE LOCAL FCST AREA AFTER MIDNIGHT AND
INTO TUE MORNING. ASSESSING A PLETHORA OF FCST SOUNDINGS AND EVOLVING
VERTICAL THERMAL PROFILES...TRYING TO HAMMER OUT A TYPE OF ENSEMBLE
TO USE AS A FCST...THE LATEST THINKING SUGGESTS WARM WEDGE ALOFT
ABOVE H85 MB TO BUILD QUICKLY AFTER MIDNIGHT. A BRIEF PERIOD OF
SNOW/SLEET AFTER MIDNIGHT ALONG AND SOUTH OF A FAIRFIELD IA TO
MONMOUTH IL LINE...THEN TRANSITIONING TO SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN IN
THESE AREAS WITH UP TO A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE GLAZE POSSIBLE BY
SUNRISE BEFORE THE SFC LAYER WARMS ENOUGH TO MAKE FOR ALL RAIN
PROFILES. MAINLY SNOW ALONG AND NORTH OF I80...BUT THE I80 CORRIDOR
TO BECOME MIXED WITH SLEET AND THEN FREEZING RAIN AFTER 10Z TUE.
AREAS NORTH OF I80 MAY GET FROM A HALF INCH...TO OVER 1.5 INCHES OF
WET SNOW ACCUM BY 12Z TUE MORNING. SFC TEMPS STEADY OR RISING
OVERNIGHT ESPECIALLY AFTER 2 AM...TEMPS TO OR EVEN ABOVE FREEZING
ALONG AND SOUTH OF HWY 34 BY 10-12Z.

TUESDAY...FREEZING RAIN WITH SLEET PLUME TO CONTINUE TO MIGRATE
NORTHWARD THROUGH LATE TUE MORNING WITH UP TO A TENTH OF AN INCH OF
GLAZE POSSIBLE FROM I80 TO JUST NORTH OF HWY 30 BY MID MORNING
BEFORE THOSE AREAS TOO TRANSITION TO ALL RAIN WITH WARMING SFC
LAYER AND RISING SFC DPTS. THE HWY 20 CORRIDOR MAY HANG ON TO A
WINTRY MIX OF SNOW...SLEET AND MAYBE SOME BRIEF BOUTS OF FREEZING
RAIN THROUGH MIDDAY. WILL GO WITH AN ADDITIONAL HALF INCH TO 1.5
INCHES OF WET SNOW ALONG AND NORTH OF HWY 30 FROM 12Z-18Z TUE. THUS
SYSTEM SNOW TOTALS RIGHT NOW LOOK LIKE FROM 1-3 INCHES NORTH OF I80
WITH THE HIGHER AMOUNTS GENERALLY NORTH OF HWY 30. THE MODERATE RAIN
BAND MAY BE EXITING OFF TO THE EAST AND NORTHEAST BY 18-19Z TUE
TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE SYSTEM/S PROGRESSION AND ARRIVAL OF A TYPE
OF DRY SLOT FROM THE SOUTHWEST. BRISK SOUTHERLY SFC FLOW ACRS THE CWA
JUST TO THE LEE OF THE PASSING SFC CYCLONE MAY GUST OVER 25 MPH TUE
MORNING...BUT DRIVE SFC TEMPS INTO THE UPPER 30S TO AROUND 40 FOR THE
SOUTH HALF OF THE CWA. MAY STILL HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR SOME ADVECTION
FOG OVER THE SNOWPACK IN AREAS WHERE THE PRECIP WANES OR BEFORE IT
BEGINS LATE MON NIGHT AND ON TUE. THE COLD FRONT BARRELS IT/S WAY
EASTWARD THRU THE CWA TUE AFTERNOON WITH A LARGE SURGE OF NORTHWEST
WINDS FROM MID TO LATE AFTERNOON AGAIN WITH A WEST-TO-EAST
PROGRESSION ACRS THE FCST AREA. GUSTS COULD APPROACH 40 MPH OR
HIGHER BY TUE EVENING. TOP-DOWN COOLING REALLY ACCELERATES ON THE
LATEST GUIDANCE...BUT AGAIN AGREE WITH THE PREVIOUS SHIFT THAT BULK
OF THE PRECIP WILL BE EXITING OUT OF THE CWA OR LIGHT/THANKS ALSO
TO ACCELERATED TOP-DOWN DRYING/ FOR JUST MINOR ADDITIONAL SNOW
ACCUMULATION IN THE AFTERNOON WHERE THE LINGERING PRECIP SWITCHES
BACK TO SNOW. TUE NIGHT...WINDY WITH INCREASING LLVL COLD ADVECTION
BUT DRY....LOWS DOWN IN THE SINGLE DIGITS BY SUNRISE WED. ALL IN
ALL...HEADLINES FOR A WINTRY MIX LATE MON NIGHT INTO THE FIRST
HALF OF TUE WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO BE FINALIZED AND ISSUED IN THE
COMING SHIFTS.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY...WED A RAW WINDY DAY WITH HIGHS ONLY IN
THE TEENS EVEN WITH SOME INSOLATION...HIGH CLOUDS OFF OVERRUNNING
SNOWS ACRS MO/SOUTHERN IL MAY BLANKET THE SOUTHERN CWA ON WED. CLEAR
AND VERY COLD UNDER CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE WED NIGHT INTO THU
MORNING...MUCH OF THE AREA WITH POTENTIAL OF SUB-ZERO LOWS AND EVEN
WIND CHILL ADVISORY CRITERIA NORTH OF I80 BY THU MORNING IF SFC
WINDS CAN MAINTAIN 5-10 MPH. BROAD NORTHWESTERLIES FLATTEN SOME BUT
STILL SHUNT THE MAIN CLIPPER PATH TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE DVN
CWA BY WEEKS END. THE NET RESULT IS THE REGION WILL LOOK TO GET
ENGULFED BY THE WARM DRAW SIDE OF ANY CLIPPER LOW PUSHING INTO THE
GRT LKS BY FRI...HIGHS MAY GET INTO THE UPPER 30S TO AROUND 40 BY
LATE FRI AFTERNOON.

NEXT SATURDAY AND SUNDAY...THE CWA WILL STILL LOOK TO REMAIN ON THE
MILDER AND MAINLY DRY SIDE OF THE CLIPPER TRACK INTO SUNDAY.  ..12..

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z MONDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 1109 AM CST SUN MAR 1 2015

VFR CONDITIONS FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT 24 HOURS. ANOTHER ARCTIC HIGH
PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE IN FROM THE NORTHERN PLAINS. SKIES WILL
CONTINUE TO CLEAR THIS AFTERNOON WITH LIGHT SOUTHWEST WINDS SHIFTING
TO THE NORTHWEST AT 5 TO 10 KTS BY DUSK...CONTINUING THEN INTO MID
DAY MONDAY.

&&

.DVN WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IA...NONE.
IL...NONE.
MO...NONE.

&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...NICHOLS
SHORT TERM...NICHOLS
LONG TERM...12
AVIATION...NICHOLS








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