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FXUS63 KLSX 281727

1127 AM CST Fri Nov 28 2014

.SHORT TERM:  (Today through Saturday)
Issued at 332 AM CST Fri Nov 28 2014

Cold high pressure over the Central U.S. will drift east today and
return flow will bring warmer air to the Mid Mississippi Valley.
Expect temperatures to rise to near seasonal normals in the upper
40s to low 50s.  With southerly flow we should see increasing low
level moisture.  The last several model runs have been pretty
consistent in bringing high RH into the area at or below 925mb.  Now
the SREF is in on it showing high probabilities of low ceilings
across the area for much of the day Saturday.  Have therefore
increased cloud cover and lowered temperatures slightly for
Saturday.  Models continue to spit out light QPF in this strong
moisture return pattern; have kept forecast dry though since this is
a known issue with the models in these situations.  BUFKIT soundings
indicate weak subsidence in the moist layer, so I feel the chance
for precip is very low.


.LONG TERM:  (Tonight through Thursday)
Issued at 417 AM CST Fri Nov 28 2014

The shortwave currently over British Columbia will deepen and slide
into the northern Plains Saturday night.  This will allow a very
cold but shallow airmass to dip into the Upper Midwest.   Guidance
has been pretty consistent with the speed of the resulting cold
front, which should stay north of our area Saturday night.  Should
continue to be cloudy/mostly cloudy with a decent southwest wind
overnight.  This would tend to keep temperatures up overnight so
tried to stick closer to warmer guidance.

Cold front will dip across the area on Sunday driven by a
1035-1040mb Canadian high.  Typically, the models are too slow with
the infiltration of these kinds of very cold airmasses.  To try to
compensate for this, have leaned heavily on 2m temperatures from the
NAM which seem to be about the coldest and most aggressive with the
cold advection.  With that in mind, front should be through Quincy
by 18Z, and through the STL Metro before 00Z.  While temps ahead of
the front should remain mild, but behind the front temperatures
should drop rapidly into the 30s and 40s.  Meanwhile, expecting
frontogenesis and low level moisture convergence to produce light
rain along and south of the I-70 corridor.  BUFKIT soundings from
all guidance members are pretty consistent in showing this cold
airmass won`t be deep enough to produce snow, but rather freezing
rain initially late Sunday night, then possibly mixed with sleet on
Monday before ending.  Not confident yet in a mix, so have let
surface temperatures determine precipitation type in the forecast
and just kept a "rain changing to freezing rain" forecast for this
forecast cycle.  Patchy light freezing rain south of I-44 should end
Monday by late afternoon or early evening.

Medium range guidance seems to be in better agreement for Tuesday
through Thursday this morning.  Unfortunately they`re in better
agreement that the flow aloft will be quasi-zonal, which is not good
for accuracy in the medium range.  The general pattern looks like we
should see slowly moderating temperatures after the big chill on
Monday and Monday night as the strong high pressure system moves off
to our east-northeast and the low level flow again turns to the
south.  The ECMWF still brings a second cold front through the area
on Wednesday which would keep us cooler than the GFS, but since the
two models agree to disagree on this point, I stuck close to
ensemble MOS guidance temperatures through the period.



.AVIATION:  (For the 18z TAFs through 18z Saturday Afternoon)
Issued at 1118 AM CST Fri Nov 28 2014

VFR conditions this afternoon with gusty south to southwest winds. VFR
conditions will last into the evening hours tonight, however MVFR
cloud deck will rapidly develop by around 09Z. Low level wind shear
will also develop by around 03Z and last into Saturday morning.
MVFR ceilings should last through 18Z with strong temperature
inversion and weak winter sun making it difficult for low clouds
to break up.

Specifics for KSTL: Expect VFR conditions through around 09Z, then
rapid development of MVFR ceilings. A strong inversion will help
set up robust low level jet and lead to low level wind shear
beginning around 03Z and lasting until around 15Z Saturday. MVFR
ceilings will be tough to break up as strong inversion persists
through the day Sunday.



Saint Louis     49  40  58  53 /   0   0   5   5
Quincy          45  37  52  47 /   0   0   5   5
Columbia        53  42  61  51 /   0   0   5   5
Jefferson City  56  43  62  52 /   0   0   5   5
Salem           44  37  55  54 /   0   0   5  10
Farmington      48  40  57  54 /   0   0   5  10




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