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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
1248 PM CDT Sat May 20 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Sunday Night)
Issued at 322 AM CDT Sat May 20 2017

20.08Z water vapor loop shows a strong closed low near the CO/NE
border. At the surface, low pressure is located over northeast KS
with a warm front draped across northern MO into central IL. As
the trough aloft lifts northeastward through the day, the surface
low is forecast to move into western IA by 00Z tonight and then
across east-central MN/west-central WI overnight. This will result
in a broad band of showers/isolated thunderstorms coincident with
strong mid-level warm air advection and isentropic lift moving
from south to north through this afternoon. Behind this band of
showers, models are consistent in showing a dry slot across the
forecast area. That said, could see some additional convective
development in the drier airmass given strong potential vorticity
advection aloft and MUCAPE values up to 500 J/kg. Although there
is strong deep layer shear during this time, limited instability
should preclude severe convection. Of greater concern will be
rainfall amounts through tonight with PWATs briefly climbing to
around 1.25 inches, resulting in rainfall amounts from 0.75 to
1.25 inches. See hydro section below for possible impacts. Besides
the rain, today will be cloudy and cool with breezy easterly
winds. Afternoon highs will top out in the 50s.

Tonight through Sunday night will see some lingering showers,
especially for areas north of I-90 as the surface low moves into
the Upper Great Lakes region. Cloudy and cool conditions will
persist on Sunday with highs once again in the 50s. Winds will
still be breezy, but from the west-southwest on the backside of
the departing low.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Friday)
Issued at 322 AM CDT Sat May 20 2017

The next round of showers and thunderstorms move in late Monday
and Monday night as a Canadian short-wave merges with the broader
trough over Ontario and rotates across the Upper Midwest. While
0-6 km MUCAPE increases to between 500 and 1500 J/kg by 00Z
Tuesday, forcing aloft and shear are strongest south of the
forecast area, such that severe convection is not expected at this
time. Shower and thunderstorms chances continue into Tuesday with
a few more weak short-waves rotating through the region. Once
again, shear/instability profiles do not support severe convection.
Temperatures will warm briefly Monday into the 60s before crashing
back down into the 50s for Tuesday.

Wednesday and Thursday look dry with short-wave riding aloft and
high pressure at the surface. Should finally see more sunshine and
with 925 hPa temperatures rising to between +10 and +14 Celsius,
should see afternoon highs in the 60s both days. While the timing/
strength of the next Pacific trough differs between the GFS/ECMWF
for the end of the week, it appears Friday should also be mostly
dry and warmer with highs rising back above 70 degrees for many
areas.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Sunday afternoon)
Issued at 1248 PM CDT Sat May 20 2017

Rain will continue at the TAF sites through much of the afternoon
with periods of IFR conditions expected in low stratus and BR. Low
stratus will linger into tonight with cloud bases in the 700 to
900 ft range. A cold front then moves through by late evening
with winds switching to the west and ceilings likely improving to
MVFR. The MVFR ceilings then look to continue through Sunday
morning with cloud bases of 1500 to 2500 ft. A few rain showers
are also possible on Sunday but the bulk of this activity will
probably stay north of the TAF sites. Also, with the passage of
the cold front, plan on increasing westerly winds.

&&

.HYDROLOGY...
Issued at 322 AM CDT Sat May 20 2017

River Flood Warnings continue along the Mississippi River at
Wabasha, the Trempealeau River at Dodge, the Black River at
Galesville, the Yellow River at Necedah, and at Castle Rock Dam
as runoff from the very heavy rain earlier this week continues
to move through the river system.

Another round of rain and isolated storms will move through the
area late today and tonight. Additional rainfall amounts will
range from around 0.75 to 1.25 inches across the region. These
rains will result in further rises on area rivers and streams.|

&&

.ARX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WI...None.
MN...None.
IA...None.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...Rogers
LONG TERM...Rogers
AVIATION...Wetenkamp
HYDROLOGY...Rogers



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