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FXUS63 KEAX 182326

National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO
526 PM CST Sun Feb 18 2018

Issued at 246 PM CST SUN FEB 18 2018

We`ve got quite the dynamic system getting ready to impact the
local area for the latter portion of this holiday weekend. Breezy
conditions currently felt across the region will slacken a bit
after sunset, although the LL jet will crank up. Simultaneously,
we`ve got a direct moisture feed coming in from the Pacific Ocean,
running through the Gulf of California/Baja Peninsula. This
atmospheric river, with some pull starting to come in from the
GoMex by early Tuesday, will advect in plenty of moisture for an
approaching cold front to work with. Initially for tonight, this
deepening LL moisture pooling in will allow for LL cloud cover to
build in with sprinkles possible. By early tomorrow morning, more
widespread precipitation chances will be taking over out ahead of
the aforementioned front. Additionally, there looks to be an
uptick in instability, especially as the day progresses,
introducing the chance for thunder.

From Monday night into Tuesday is where model discrepancies begin
to highlight the big differences that temperatures will play into
what will end up actually occurring. At this point, it appears
that the latest NAM run(s) are a bit too bullish in bringing in
sub-freezing surface temperatures, and have leaned away from that
particular solution. Have essentially confined much of the
freezing rain potential (yes, this looks more like a freezing rain
setup instead of a wintry mix situation given the deep warm layer
aloft) to NW MO tomorrow night into early Tuesday. That said, the
NAM`s solution isn`t entirely out of the realm of possibilities.
Bottom line is that if the NAM holds true and the shallow layer
of cold air advects in quicker than currently forecast, could see
higher ice accumulations possible further south. What can be
agreed upon with the various models is that NW MO is in the
crosshairs to receive at least some accumulating ice. However,
given that there is still time in the decision making process in
that this won`t come to fruition until tomorrow night, and given
the uncertainty that remains with respect to how far south ice
accumulations could get, have held off on headlines for this
forecast package. Stay tuned though.

Because there isn`t much of a push to keep the front moving
through until an UL trough assists in its progression later this
week, portions of the area could be in for a prolonged period of
periodic precip chances. The GFS doesn`t have the front clearing
the eastern counties of this forecast area until early Wednesday,
and even then, central MO could see additional chances into the
latter half of the week as it sits on the periphery of a stagnant
surface high centered near the SD/NE/MN/IA borders. The overall
pattern starts to look more progressive by the end of the week
into next weekend, but given how far out it is at this point,
probably wise not to hang hats on anything substantial just yet.


.Aviation...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Monday Evening)
Issued at 514 PM CST SUN FEB 18 2018

Low-level stratus will continue to advance overhead the terminal
sites, quickly becoming MVFR later this evening. The main impact
overnight will be with the potential for low-level wind shear as
winds near 2kft approach 45 to 50kts. This will be a gradual
change with height in wind speed, though any periodic variation
could present speed sheer concerns this evening and overnight.
Light precipitation is possible overnight, with increasing chances
by the mid-morning and early afternoon. Will also need to monitor
the potential for IFR ceilings Monday afternoon as low-level
moisture continues to advect over the area from the south.


KS...Wind Advisory until 6 PM CST this evening for KSZ025-057-060-

MO...Wind Advisory until 6 PM CST this evening for MOZ001>006-011>015-



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