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FXUS63 KEAX 162026

National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO
326 PM CDT Sat Sep 16 2017

Issued at 326 PM CDT SAT SEP 16 2017

A band of showers and thunderstorms has developed just west of
I-35 this afternoon where the atmosphere has acquired some
weak/moderate instability. This activity has developed near a weak
mid-level impulse moving into western Missouri, but should
gradually weaken over the next few hours as it encounters a deeper
low-level stable layer over western and central Missouri.
Meanwhile the primary surface cold front is approaching the far
northwest tip of Missouri where a rather sharp temperature
gradient is separating mid/upper 80s over KS and MO from
mid/lower 60s across Nebraska. This boundary will slowly make its
way into northwest Missouri this evening and eventually reach the
I-35 corridor around 3 AM. The band of rain and storms that has
developed out ahead of the front is stabilizing the airmass over
KS and MO somewhat, but clearing and resulting destabilization
further west could still allow for a few stronger storms across
areas from near Topeka to just north of St Joseph later this
afternoon and this evening. Shear is rather weak so brief gusts to
50-60 mph and perhaps some marginally severe hail will be the
primary threats across these areas.

Storms may increase in coverage overnight as they push into
eastern KS and western/northern MO and become aided by a stronger
midlevel wave to the north, but with instability becoming
elevated they will likely lose some of their punch. Still, it
wouldn`t be surprising to see some hail approaching an inch in a
few of the stronger storms through midnight or so, along with some
locally heavy rainfall. The front will become stalled just south
of US 50 on Sunday, and while a few storms are possible near this
boundary through the afternoon, the primary focus for additional
convection won`t arrive until after dark Sunday evening when a
secondary mid-level impulse will move in from the southwest. Some
locally heavy rainfall is again possible with this activity
especially near the slowly retreating boundary, but the lack of a
strong low-level jet should keep the overall heavy rain/flash
flood threat on the low side. A series of weak upper-level
impulses will continue to stream into the area through Monday
evening keeping rain chances around through at least early

Tuesday evening appears to be the most likely time to see a dry
period before another cold front brings another potential round of
storms to the area on Wednesday and into early Thursday.


.Aviation...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Sunday Afternoon)
Issued at 1230 PM CDT SAT SEP 16 2017

Complex aviation forecast setting up for the next 18 to 24 hours.
Warm and humid airmass ahead of an advancing cold front is helping
to produce scattered showers and storms across northeastern KS and
northwestern MO. As the front moves southeast later this afternoon
and this evening, showers and storms should become a more
widespread. Have added a tempo group to try and capture the most
likely timing for storms into the terminals. In the wake of the
storms, showers or an area of rain is possible and as cooler air
moves in behind the front, ceilings will likely become low MVFR
and possibly IFR.




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