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FXUS63 KLSX 241215

615 AM CST Tue Feb 24 2015

.SHORT TERM:  (Through Late This Afternoon)
Issued at 334 AM CST Tue Feb 24 2015

SFC ridge has settled just south of the area early this mrng with
sthrly winds at almost all stations within the CWA with a few
exceptions across the ern zones. Temp trends across the area
overnight have been a challenge to say the least with various
combinations of bare ground vs. snow cover...clouds vs. no clouds
and sthrly winds vs. calm winds. Deck of mid clouds across southern
IL/MO will continue to push east and out of the area drng the
mrng. This will set the stage for a nice warm up...esp for areas
lacking significant snow cover. Full sunshine and a favorable wind
direction from the W/WSW in advance of the next bndry means temps
should rise into the 40s along the I70 corridor where snow cover
is nonexistent west of the STL metro area. Going fcst may very
well not be warm enough in those locations. Think there will be
pretty decent temp gradients on either side of this area though
due to significant snow cover. The next cold front begins pushing
into the nthrn portions of the FA late this aftn with some
attendant mid/high clouds...but due to their late arrival they
should not significantly affect temp trends.


.LONG TERM:  (Tonight through Monday)
Issued at 334 AM CST Tue Feb 24 2015

Weak frontal boundary to slide south through forecast area
tonight with just an increase in cloud cover initially. Lows will
be in the mid teens to low 20s.

Then northern stream clipper system to slide into region Wednesday
morning. Decent energy with this shortwave with plenty of WAA and
enough moisture to see snow accumulations up to 3 inches, with
highest amounts over northeast Missouri. The system is a bit slower
exiting region, so raised pops a bit on Thursday before coming to an
end. Will see highs in the upper 20s to upper 30s on Wednesday
before dropping off into the teens and 20s Thursday and Friday as
colder air filters in. Wind chill indicies will be between zero and
10 below Thursday night...but above wind chill advisory criteria for

Beyond that, the forecast for the weekend and into early next week
remains rather messy with extended models showing a prolonged period
of precipitation across the region. The temperature profiles still
show a mixed bag of precipitation types, so just made minor
adjustments to the forecast. Will see a wintry mix at onset Saturday
through early Sunday before warmer temps move in giving portions of
the area a cold rain before transitioning back to snow Sunday night
and beyond. Will need to keep an eye on this system with subsequent
model runs as exact track of this system is crucial to what kind of
precipitation we get.



.AVIATION:  (For the 12z TAFs through 12z Wednesday Morning)
Issued at 557 AM CST Tue Feb 24 2015

VFR fcst thru the prd. SFC ridge axis is south of the terminals
and will continue to drift south this morning. Winds are expected
to gradually increase thru the morning and become gusty by late
morning due to a strengthening pressure gradient as the ridge
axis move away from the area. Winds gradually back to the west
thru the day in advance of a cold front that will push SE thru the
terminals drng the evng. A band of low end VFR CIGs is expected to
accompany the bndry...esp along and east of the MS rvr. Winds decrease
after 00Z and slowly back from the NW and become NE by 12Z.

Specifics for KSTL:

Gusty SW winds dvlp by late mrng...continuing thru the aftn and
diminishing around 00Z. Cold front passage around 00Z with an assoc
band of low end VFR CIGs. Winds slowly become erly by Wed mrng.




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