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FXUS63 KPAH 262012

212 PM CST Fri Dec 26 2014

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Sunday night)
Issued at 128 PM CST FRI DEC 26 2014

Moist SW flow will bring changes. Mild afternoon, resulted in an
upward adjustment in temps. With south winds staying up tonight
with increasing clouds, will keep temps at or just above guidance.
Rain shower chances will be on the increase from the SW mainly
after midnight, and especially SEMO, far west KY into southern IL
late, lowest chances across the west KY Pennyrile area. Went with
categorical PoPs Saturday morning up through the middle of the
CWFA where the best surge of moisture and lift is progged. Kept
thunder out. However, there is marginal elevated instability in
some of the progs, some a few rumbles not out of the question,
mainly just north of the TN/AR state lines. The chance of showers
will translate east during the afternoon, with mainly scattered
coverage west. At the surface, cold front will slowly make passage
through the afternoon and early evening.

Best chance of rain/showers Saturday night into Sunday will be
across the SE 1/3 of the area tapering off to the north and west.
Models a bit slower moving the activity out Sunday than 24 hours
ago. Their inability to lock onto a reliable departure time
means will keep a buffer region of chance PoPs, while attempting
to depict a decent gradient where chances drop off central sections.

Sunday night should be essentially dry with high pressure in
control and moisture and forcing off to our east. As far as temps,
we gave weight to the HiRes NAM 2m temps blended with a lower
percentage of MOS for tonight through Saturday. After that, it was
an even blend.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Friday)
Issued at 212 pm CST FRI DEC 26 2014

Main weather maker for this forecast package continues to exist
immediately after the beginning of New Year...starting mainly in
the evening (after 6 pm) on January 1st.

With sub-freezing air and drier air in place prior to New Year`s
Day, the stage will be set for the slow, but persistent onset of a
wintry mix Thursday night, with the greatest increase in
precipitation loading from top down expected within the midnight
to 6 am Friday time frame. Moisture within the dendritic growth
zone for ice crystals will not be a problem by 6 am CST Friday.
There will be an initial elevated warm nose of air strongly
suggesting a rain/sleet/snow mix for at least 12 hours (mainly the
daytime hours) on Friday, before changing to rain Friday Night and Saturday.

Although the forecast confidence is slightly less than 50% at this
time, am concerned that PoPs are 15-20% too low during this
transition period for wintry weather.

Leaned closer to the GFS guidance for onset and timing, as well as
the thermal structure aloft for wintry precipitation. Attempted to
compensate for a colder bias in temperatures, so warmed the
surface layer faster with time than the model blend suggests at
this time.

This could be an issue for those traveling late New Year`s Day
into the daytime hours on Friday. Will hint at this possibility in
the Hazardous Weather Outlook.


Issued at 1135 AM CST FRI DEC 26 2014

Low level moisture more prominent over SEMO, where some sct-bkn MVFR
bases are located, while east of the Mississippi, drier low level
air yielding higher bases or just occasional high clouds streaming
NE across the area. SSW winds 8-12 kts will continue through the
afternoon with a few gusts 20 kts or so, give or take.

Winds subside this evening, with mainly sct-bkn VFR cu-stratocu.
After 06z, will introduce chance of -SHRA, then ramp up the chance
by 12-14z Saturday, as a lobe of energy and more significant
moisture moves NE into and across the area. Introductory MVFR cigs
and vsbys with the precip, but there could be intermittent IFR
conditions through the morning Saturday.




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