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FXUS63 KLSX 260555

1155 PM CST Wed Feb 25 2015

Issued at 901 PM CST Wed Feb 25 2015

Snow was occurring across northeast MO and west central IL this
evening with about one half inch in Edina, MO to a dusting in UIN
so far. Surface low near AIZ will move southeastward through
southeast MO and weaken or fill later tonight. The latest NAM
model run depicts low level frontogenesis over the northern
portion of the forecast area weakening as it drops southward
through our area. Light snow should move into central MO late this
evening, then into the St Louis metro area shortly after midnight.
The most likely time for accumulating snow across southeast MO and
southwest IL, south and east of STL should occur Thursday morning.
It appears that total snow accumulations should range from around
3 inches in Edina, MO to around 1 inch in the St Louis metro area.



.SHORT TERM:  (Through Late Tonight)
Issued at 302 PM CST Wed Feb 25 2015

A weakening clipper system will bring light snow to most of the
CWA tonight and tomorrow morning. This forecast package generally
followed model depictions of H9-H8 frontogenesis fields for timing
and placement of the highest PoPs, a change which delays pcpn
onset at most locations until after 26/00z and extends the
occurrence of light snowfall across the greater St. Louis metro
area through the Thursday morning commute. Accumulations of 1-3"
still look reasonable areawide with higher amounts (2-4") in
northeast MO and extreme west central IL, lower amounts (<1")
across southeastern MO and southwest IL, and about an inch around
the St. Louis metro area. Since drivers in the St. Louis metro
area normally have a difficult commute when light snow falls
during rush hour, we have issued an SPS to advise area residents
of tomorrow morning`s forecast.

We discussed whether to extend the existing Winter Weather
Advisory farther south and east to include the metro area between
09z-15z, but chose to hold off for now due to concerns that the
weakening clipper system might weaken even more than what is
currently forecast, which would leave very little (if any)
snowfall across the headline extension. The evening shift and mid
shift will re-evaluate the need for additional headlines based on
future trends.


.LONG TERM:  (Thursday through Next Wednesday)
Issued at 302 PM CST Wed Feb 25 2015

The clipper system will be followed by an Arctic high pressure
center which builds across the central CONUS on Thursday/Thursday
night. The coldest temps on Thursday night/early Friday morning
should occur across the northwestern CWA due to proximity to the
ridge axis along with the fresh snow cover. The high pressure
center then shifts eastward on Friday and Saturday. Return flow
begins on Saturday around the back side of the high pressure


Atmospheric responses to a large low pressure system over the
southwestern CONUS and a trough over the northern plains (strong
WAA and frontogenesis) could bring a wintry mix of all ptypes to
the area on Saturday night and then again for Monday through
Tuesday. but confidence in ptypes, timing, duration, amounts,
transitions, and PoPs remains very low. Kept likely PoPs on days 6
& 7 for collaboration with surrounding offices. Anyone who has
travel plans or other weather-dependent plans early next week are
advised to continue monitoring the forecast over the next few



.AVIATION:  (For the 06z TAFs through 06z Thursday Night)
Issued at 1139 PM CST Wed Feb 25 2015

Reduced SN at COU as much of the precip across that region has
dissipated. SN at UIN shud gradually diminish thru the early
morning hours as the system pulls sewd. With cigs beginning to
rise, going TAF may hold on to SN too long. However, with sparse
RADAR coverage across this area, it is difficult to determine how
far SE some of the heavier bands stretch. Otherwise, winds will
remain nly with gusts to around 25 kts into the afternoon hrs.
Believe cigs will be slow to rise and going forecast may break up
clouds too quickly.

Specifics for KSTL/KSUS/KCPS: Believe SN will begin shortly before
sunrise. SN will gradually diminish thru the morning with cigs
slow to rise. Given how cold temps will be, can expect light SHSN
periods of flurries thru the day. Otherwise, winds will remain nly
with gusts to around 25 kts thru the afternoon hrs. Believe cigs
will be slow to rise and going forecast may break up clouds too



     Lewis MO-Marion MO-Monroe MO-Ralls MO-Shelby MO.

     Brown IL-Pike IL.



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