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FXUS63 KEAX 261748

1148 AM CST Fri Dec 26 2014

Issued at 431 AM CST FRI DEC 26 2014

Post holiday weather across eastern Kansas and Missouri today will
start rather nice, but will deteriorate overnight with cooler
temperatures then prevailing through weekend into next week. Early
morning water vapor imagery shows a pronounced trough swinging
through the Four Corners region inducing a pleasant southwest flow
across the Southern and Central Plains. Another shortwave trough is
noted dropping south out of Alberta. Locally, the southwest flow has
helped set up a baroclinic zone just to our northwest, from eastern
Nebraska back into southwest Kansas.

Today through Saturday...the two troughs, the Four Corners and
Alberta, will begin to phase over the next 24 hours as the Alberta
trough drops into and interacts with the broader amplified pattern.
This will likely tighten up the baroclinic zone just to our
northwest today and tonight, with a strong possibility of snow
developing along and north of the front tonight. However, given the
positive tilt to the large Four Corners trough, we do not expect
this front to make any progress east until late tonight as a surface
low tracks northeast along the front. So, areas in central
Missouri back into east central Kansas will likely get another day
of pleasant temperatures out of this weather pattern with highs in
the 50s, but the far northwest corner of Missouri, and adjacent
areas of northeast Kansas, wont be so lucky as afternoon highs will
likely top out near 40 degrees. As for precipitation...saturation
sufficient to start forcing drops from the sky will likely begin
this afternoon, with patchy drizzle possible, but significant rain
chances will likely wait till late this afternoon or this evening as
the Alberta system merges with the larger trough, getting swept up
by the southwest flow. Have continued to be rather stingy with the
potential for snow overnight as model soundings and forecast surface
temperatures would not appear to support much, if any, snow outside
the extreme northwest corner of Missouri. Do have about an inch of
accumulation in a county or two in the far northwest of Missouri,
but do not expect any significant snow accumulations outside of
that. Otherwise, the cold front and the precipitable weather with
this system should be exiting to our east Saturday morning and
should take any lingering potential for precipitation with it by
noon Saturday.

Rest of the weekend and next work week...temperatures will be cool
and conditions will be dry. The Four Corners trough will finely
move east of us Sunday, resulting in a bit of locally zonal flow to
begin the work week with. This will allow the cool air that swept in
behind the front Saturday to linger across the region, keeping
conditions cool for the weekend and into the work week. However, our
cool temperatures will become down right cold by Tuesday and
Wednesday as a reinforcing shot of cold sweeps south from the
Canadian Plains. With a 1050+mb high forecast to sweep down the
front range of the Rockies next week, thoughts are that it will be
cold. Currently, model solutions point at Tuesday being the coldest
day next week, but it might be a toss-up with Wednesday, with highs
on those days ranging in the teens and 20s.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday Afternoon)
Issued at 1147 AM CST FRI DEC 26 2014

Cold front has made it very close to MCI...near Fort Leavenworth in
fact...but it will slow down significantly over the next few hours
and may even nudge back northwest a bit. Therefore don`t expect
frontal passage into downtown KC until after sunset, but being so
close to MCI, wouldn`t be surprised if winds there took a brief turn
from the northwest over the next couple of hours. Front will surge
south later today with IFR ceilings and perhaps some light rain
behind it. Any snow should stay north of STJ.




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