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FXUS63 KEAX 282309

National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO
509 PM CST Tue Feb 28 2017

Issued at 339 PM CST TUE FEB 28 2017

There is a lot of activity going on over the next 12 hours with
several different weather issues to look at, though we will start by
looking at the big picture across the Nation. Water vapor imagery
shows a large trough moving east across the Rocky mountains, which
has helped focus a plumb of Pacific moisture across the Southern and
Central Plains within a southwest flow. Closer to the surface, a
cold front is slowly sagging south today as the associated surface
low shifts northeast into Iowa. Currently, the front is in the far
northwest corner of Missouri; roughly around Maryville. The front is
not expected to push southeast very fast this afternoon or this
evening as the flow at the surface and aloft is parallel to the

For today...severe weather threat...will focus on the areas along
and ahead of the cold front as it settles southeast late this
afternoon and this evening. Currently, the instability ahead of the
front (MUCAPE values > 500 J/KG) is well removed from the front;
currently analyzed across east central Kansas into northeast
Missouri. As a result, activity is bubbling up across southern
Missouri in an uncapped environment. Shear along the front, back in
our area, is very strong, with 0-6KM shear values of 60+ knots from
the southwest. This late in the day, and given the cloud cover,
thoughts are that instability along the front will remain rather
limited in our portion of Kansas and Missouri; which points at a
limited, but not zero, potential for severe storms late this
afternoon and this evening.

As for the modes of severe weather, with the flow parallel to the
front, large hail and strong damaging winds are the primary hazards
that will accompany storms in our area tonight. However, the
potential is there for storms to develop a quick tornado spin up on
the leading edge of the advancing storms due to QLCS processes,
though this threat looks higher the farther into eastern and
southern Missouri you move. We expect storms to start bubbling up on
the southern side of Kansas City and along a line northeast towards
Macon between 5 and 7 PM this eveing, which is when we think the low
level jet with ramp up; resulting in a window for severe storms this
evening as a quick shot elevated instability advects north.
Otherwise, given the speed with which the front will settle this
evening, the threat of strong to severe storms should end in our
forecast area before midnight.

For today...issues other than severe weather...strong winds
ahead of the frontal boundary have already resulted in near to wind
advisory criteria in areas from southern Kansas City east into
central Missouri. Expect the winds to decouple and ease up a little
as the sunsets this evening. Thus will be allowing the short lived
wind advisory to expire at 6 PM this evening. Additionally, there
was some fire weather concerns for the rest of the afternoon hours
due to the potential for dry air to mix down to the surface along
with the strong winds. However, humidity values have not dropped that
much, therefore will cancel the fire warning early.

Otherwise, expect cooler temperatures to prevail through the rest of
the work week as a northwest flow persists aloft allowing cool air
to ooze across the Plains. Next chance for rain looks to be late
Sunday into Monday.


.Aviation...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Wednesday Evening)
Issued at 503 PM CST TUE FEB 28 2017

Southwest winds will quickly turn northwesterly behind the passage
of a cold front during the early evening hours. While thunderstorm
development is still on track along the frontal boundary, storms
look to remain south of the terminals through the evening. Thus,
have included VCTS transitioning to VCSH as instability decreases
tonight. A brief window of MVFR ceilings is possible behind the
boundary, though this stratus layer should quickly erode as dry
air filters into the area behind the front, in addition to
increased mixing by the mid morning Wednesday.


KS...Wind Advisory until 6 PM CST this evening for KSZ057-060.

MO...Wind Advisory until 6 PM CST this evening for MOZ025-032-033-



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