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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
158 PM CST SUN FEB 14 2016

.UPDATE...
ISSUED AT 158 PM CST SUN FEB 14 2016

ANOTHER QUICK UPDATE TO CANCEL THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR
FAYETTE AND WINNESHIEK COUNTIES WESTWARD. SNOW HAD BECOME VERY LIGHT
OR TAPERED TO FLURRIES IN THESE AREAS...WITH LITTLE ADDITIONAL
ACCUMULATION EXPECTED THRU THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON. MINIMAL
ROAD/TRAVEL PROBLEMS REPORTED ACROSS NORTHEAST IA WHERE THE SNOW HAD
DIMINISHED AS WELL.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 312 AM CST SUN FEB 14 2016

MORE WINTER WEATHER FUN ON THE DAY THROUGH THE DAY...WITH THE MAIN
FOCUS ON ACCUMULATION POTENTIAL. EARLY MORNING ANALYSIS SHOWS THE
SITUATION ACTUALLY PLAYING OUT ABOUT AS EXPECTED (CAN`T ALWAYS SAY
THAT`S THE CASE)...WITH AN EARLIER LEAD FGEN BAND OF SNOW WORKING
THROUGH CENTRAL/SOUTHEAST IOWA...WHILE ANOTHER AREA OF BROADENING
SNOW IS EXPANDING THROUGH THE SOUTHWEST HALF OR SO OF THE CWA. THAT
LATTER SNOW COMES WITHIN A BROAD ZONE OF MODEST DEEP LAYER WARM
ADVECTION ASCENT AHEAD OF QUITE THE STRONGER SHORTWAVE WORKING
SOUTHEAST OUT OF SOUTH DAKOTA. THAT FEATURE WILL MAKE A RUN THROUGH
THE REGION LATER TODAY...WITH SNOW CONTINUING TO EXPAND EASTWARD
ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA INTO MIDDAY...LIKELY BECOMING MOST FOCUSED
IN INTENSITY FROM SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA DOWN INTO PARTS OF
NORTHEAST IOWA AND FAR SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN...TIED TO THE STRONGEST
ASCENT AND TIGHTER FGEN CIRCULATION LAID OUT ACROSS THE AREA.
MEANWHILE...PERSISTENT DRIER AIR AND WEAKER FORCING WILL TEND TO
MUTE THE EASTWARD EXTENT OF SNOWFALL...SUCH THAT NOT MUCH (IF ANY)
MAY FALL NORTH OF I-94 THROUGH NOON. STILL...AS THE UPPER WAVE
ITSELF TRACKS THROUGH THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING...WE
SHOULD FINALLY SEE SOME LIGHTER SNOWS OVERTAKE THOSE AREAS...WHILE
LINGERING OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA THROUGH AT LEAST 6 PM...AND
LIKELY CLOSER TO MIDNIGHT INTO WISCONSIN WHERE DEEPER MOISTURE
LINGERS THE LONGEST.

AS FOR ACCUMULATION...STILL LOOKING FOR A STRIPE OF 2-4 INCHES
ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST HALF OR SO OF THE CWA (A LITTLE LOWER THAN
INITIALLY EXPECTED)...WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS INTO NORTHEAST IOWA
AND DOWN TOWARD GRANT COUNTY WISCONSIN TIED TO THE STRONGEST BURST
OF WARM ADVECTION ASCENT THROUGH MIDDAY. NOT HURTING THOSE AMOUNTS
WILL BE HIGHER RATIOS...WITH MODEST OMEGA PEGGED THROUGH A RATHER
DEEP DGZ. IN THESE AREAS WILL MAINTAIN THE GOING WINTER WEATHER
ADVISORY...THOUGH HONESTLY SOME SPOTS MAY END UP FALLING SHORT OF
CRITERIA PER RADAR TRENDS. ELSEWHERE...AMOUNTS SHOULD TAPER TO
AROUND AN INCH NORTH OF I-94 BUT HERE AGAIN RATIOS MAY HELP US
WITH ACCUMULATION DESPITE LOWER ACTUAL PRECIP AMOUNTS. NOT SO
SURE BLOWING SNOW WILL BE A BIG FACTOR GIVEN MARGINAL WINDS BUT
WITH THE "FLUFF FACTOR" TO THE SNOW AND SPEEDS OF 15-20 KNOTS...NO
DOUBT THERE WILL BE SOME PATCHY BLOWING (MORE LIKE DRIFTING) SNOW
OVER THE OPEN AREAS WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI.

PASSAGE OF A WEAKER SECONDARY TROUGH MAY TRY TO LINGER SOME LIGHTER
SNOWS ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH MUCH OF TONIGHT...WITH LOWER CLOUDS
LIKELY LINGERING THROUGH THE DAY ON MONDAY AS MOISTURE GETS TRAPPED
BENEATH A BUILDING INVERSION. ANOTHER IN A SERIES OF UPPER WAVES
LOOKS TO DIVE FROM THE NORTHERN PLAINS DOWN THROUGH WESTERN IOWA
LATER MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING...THOUGH WITH STILL A FEW
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EXACT PLACEMENT OF THIS FEATURE. PER A MULTI-
MODEL CONSENSUS...THE NAM REMAINS AN OUTLIER IN DRIVING A BAND OF
PRECIP MORE THROUGH THE CWA...AND PREFER A MORE WESTERN SOLUTION
GIVEN TRENDS OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS. THAT IDEA SUGGESTS THE MORE
APPRECIABLE PRECIPITATION WILL STAY MAINLY WEST OF THE CWA...WITH
SOME LIGHTER ACCUMULATION JUST CLIPPING AREAS WEST OF HIGHWAY 63. AS
THAT SYSTEM DEPARTS...LOW LEVEL RIDGING LOOKS TO ARRIVE BY TUESDAY
NIGHT WITH CLEARING SKIES AND PERHAPS SOME TEMPS DIPPING TOWARD THE
0 DEGREE MARK NORTH OF I-90 PENDING TIMING OF CLEARING AND WIND
TRENDS.

.LONG TERM...(WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY)
ISSUED AT 312 AM CST SUN FEB 14 2016

LOOKING LIKE A NICE BREAK IN THE ACTION TOWARD WEDNESDAY AND MUCH OF
THURSDAY AS BROAD LOWER LEVEL RIDGING RULES THE ROOST ACROSS THE
REGION...THOUGH A VERY TIGHT PRESSURE GRADIENT BY THURSDAY SHOULD
DELIVER A PRETTY GOOD BATCH OF SOUTHERLY WINDS. AFTER THAT...STILL
QUITE A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT CLOUD TRENDS AND TEMPERATURES LATER
THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY AS QUITE THE AIRMASS MODERATION GETS UNDERWAY
IN ADVANCE OF A FAST MOVING TROUGH THROUGH THE WESTERN STATES. GIVEN
THE MAGNITUDE OF WARM ADVECTION ASCENT LATER THURSDAY/THURSDAY
NIGHT...HAVE TO BELIEVE WE ARE IN FOR AT LEAST A PERIOD OF LOWER
STRATUS DEVELOPMENT AS SOME VERY WARM AIR (AND MORE IMPORTANTLY...
HIGHER DEW POINTS) MAKE A RUN UP AND OVER THE DEEPER SNOW PACK.

COULD ULTIMATELY SEE SOME DRIZZLE AND/OR LIGHT RAIN FROM THIS SETUP
FOR A TIME...AND CAN`T RULE OUT A SMALL FREEZING RAIN THREAT
NORTHEAST AREAS GIVEN PRECEDING COLDER TEMPERATURES AND FROZEN
GROUND. OTHERWISE...STILL WAITING TO SEE HOW WARM WE CAN GET ON
FRIDAY...WITH PLENTY OF SIGNALS WE MAY BREAK OUT INTO THE WARM
SECTOR AS LOW PRESSURE PASSES OVER LAKE SUPERIOR...WITH AT LEAST
SOME POTENTIAL FOR SPOTS TO MAKE A RUN AT 50 DEGREES...THOUGH WITH
OUR CURRENT FORECAST TEMPERED BY LOTS OF REMAINING QUESTIONS
REGARDING CLOUD COVER. LOOKING COOLER AND POTENTIALLY WINDY INTO THE
WEEKEND...BUT WITH LIMITED PRECIP THREAT AS THE MAIN STORM TRACK
HOLDS NORTH OF THE AREA.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z MONDAY NOON)
ISSUED AT 1125 AM CST SUN FEB 14 2016

BAND OF LIGHT/MDT SNOW WAS MOVING ACROSS THE AREA LATE THIS MORNING.
HEAVIEST OF THE SNOW WAS OVER KLSE AT 17Z...WITH THE TRAILING EDGE/
IMPROVING CONDITIONS APPROACHING THE KRST AREA. MVFR CIGS/VSBYS IN
-SN EXPECTED TO PREVAIL THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AS THE MAIN PORTION OF
THE BAND MOVES EAST OF THE AREA. SOME FLURRIES OR VERY LIGHT -SN TO
LINGER INTO THE EVENING...WITH THIS EXPECT TO EXIT/END AROUND
MIDNIGHT AS THE MID LEVEL TROUGH AXIS PASSES. PLENTY OF LOWER LEVEL
MOISTURE/CLOUDS TRAPPED IN/UNDER AN INVERSION NEAR 925MB THEN LOOKS
TO PERSIST ACROSS THE AREA WELL INTO MONDAY...THUS MVFR/LCL IFR CIGS
WITH PERHAPS SOME MVFR VSBYS IN BR TO REMAIN ACROSS THE AREA THRU
LATE TONIGHT/MON MORNING.


&&

.ARX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WI...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR WIZ054-
     061.

MN...NONE.
IA...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR
     IAZ011-030.

&&

$$

UPDATE.......RRS
SHORT TERM...LAWRENCE
LONG TERM....LAWRENCE
AVIATION.....RRS


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