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FXUS63 KSGF 120533

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Springfield MO
1133 PM CST Wed Jan 11 2017

Issued at 228 PM CST Wed Jan 11 2017

It has been another unseasonably warm and windy day across the
Missouri Ozarks. Temperatures have risen into the upper 60s to low
70s with the aid of gusty southwest winds. Wind advisory continues
until 6 pm for much of the western CWA and we have certainly
reached criteria with wind gusts over 45 mph at times.

All eyes are on the upcoming winter storm and the ice potential
from late in the week into early this weekend. Will also need to
keep an eye on the rainfall amount and potential of flooding this


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Thursday)
Issued at 228 PM CST Wed Jan 11 2017

For tonight and Thursday...The stage for the upcoming winter
weather will be be getting set up. A strong cold front will begin
to push into the area tonight, moving to around the I-44 corridor
by 12z Thu and pretty much through the whole CWA by 18z. The 32
degree F line should make it through our Central MO counties by
00z Fri. The frontal boundary will likely aid in producing some
shower activity Thursday morning and afternoon, mainly across
south central MO as the front pushes through. The air will be warm
enough for rainfall. There may be enough instability for some
isolated thunderstorms to develop within the larger area of

Aloft, a deep trough will be in the developing stages in the
western U.S. with a broad southwesterly flow aloft to the east of
the trough into the central U.S. This setup continues to be a
classic ice storm setup for a good portion of the central U.S for
late this week into this weekend, of which we are expecting to be
affected for a portion of this.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday Night through Wednesday)
Issued at 228 PM CST Wed Jan 11 2017

With the upper level pattern, the surface Arctic frontal boundary
will likely stall out to our south across Arkansas, but very warm
temperatures will exist a few thousand feet above the surface with
+6.0 to + 10.0 deg C at around 850 mb. Overrunning moisture and
resultant precipitation is expected to start Thursday night.
Models are still showing differences with how far south the below
freezing surface temperatures get, with the GFS still wanting to
keep that along and north of the Plateau. We are still going with
the colder forecast solution offered by the NAM and ECMWF which
will bring freezing rain potential Thursday night and Friday to as
far south as around the U.S. 60 corridor. The quickness with which
the warmer air above freezing returns will be the main factor in
how much of an impact and ice total ice accumulation there is. The
highest ice amounts will occur across central MO where up to three
quarters of an inch will be possible. A quarter to half inch is
expected along the I-44 corridor and a tenth to quarter inch
possible along the U.S. 60 corridor. We have a high confidence of
seeing some ice develop across the area, especially over central
MO. Still have lesser amounts of confidence with amounts and this
will coincide with how long the below freezing temperatures can
linger over a certain location. Again, central MO will have
temperatures below freezing for the longest period and we are
expecting the most ice there.

Heading into the weekend, the warmer air will begin to spread
northward, with most of the freezing rain across central MO and
the remainder of the CWA warm enough for rain. The upper level
system will begin to lift out of the southwestern U.S. and into
the southern high plains on Sunday. As this system begins to lift
into the area, some instability will begin to develop over
southern portions of the area and may see some embedded
thunderstorms Monday into Monday night and possibly Tuesday
depending on how quickly this system can move through. With the
several waves of precipitation, including convective potential
late with this system, we may be looking at some flooding as well
for late in the weekend into early next week. Will maintain a
limited flooding risk at this time.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Thursday night)
Issued at 1130 PM CST Wed Jan 11 2017

A cold front is pushing south through the region late this
evening. The front has already push through the Joplin area, with
winds shifting to the north there, and will continue to spread
south through the KSGF and KBBG sites tonight. There may be some
light rain across far southern Missouri along the front early
Thursday morning.

Ceilings will also lower behind the front with MVFR ceilings
expected Thursday morning. Ceilings should then improve at the
KSGF and KJLN sites Thursday afternoon but MVFR conditions may
linger at the KBBG into the afternoon.

Precipitation will start to move back to the north and may spread
into the KBBG area late Thursday evening. Have put a tempo group
for RA at this time but will have to watch surface temperatures as
they should be near the freezing mark and freezing rain could be


MO...Winter Storm Watch from late Thursday night through Saturday
     afternoon for MOZ055>058-066>071-077>083-088>096-098.

KS...Winter Storm Watch from late Thursday night through Saturday
     afternoon for KSZ073-097-101.



SHORT TERM...Lindenberg
LONG TERM...Lindenberg
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