Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
236 PM CST Fri Dec 8 2017

.SHORT TERM.../Tonight through Saturday/
Issued at 236 PM CST Fri Dec 8 2017

Northerly to northwest flow pattern continues across the region,
with a shortwave trough dropping through the northern regions and
Great Lakes region today into tonight. The associated sfc low
centered over far south central Canada/northern MN currently and
will slide southeastward into MI by early Saturday. Cold frontal
boundary associated with this wave to move through this afternoon
into this evening with CAA expected across the area tonight into
early Saturday. Sfc pres gradient tightens, and will get some
momentum transfer of strong winds aloft to the surface so gusty
northwesterly winds expected tonight into Saturday. Some spots could
briefly touch advisory criteria especially in the N/NE, but overall
widespread advisory criteria conditions not expected at this time.
As the wave moves through MN/WI this evening may see some very light
snow clip the far northeast, with some flurries possible across much
of the north/east. Otherwise deeper moisture and lift situated
closer to the upper wave so better chances for accumulating snow off
across MN/WI. Low clouds to remain across much of the area into
Saturday with some clearing expected through mid to late day.
Temperatures to be cooler for Saturday with highs only in the lower
20s north to around 30 south for Saturday.

.LONG TERM.../Saturday night through Friday/
Issued at 236 PM CST Fri Dec 8 2017

Brief reprieve from the colder conditions for Sunday as a weak
shortwave ridge builds in and have WAA with H85 temps climbing back
into the +5C to +10C range by late Sunday. This should allow temps
to top out around 40 north to around 50 south across central IA.
Another stronger shortwave will dive south/southeastward through the
region Sunday night into Monday. This will send another strong cold
front through the state late Sunday night and allow for another
blustery day Monday. Highs likely earlier in the day with some
steady or falling temperatures for the remainder of the day. GFS
tries to bring some chances for precipitation through the area late
Monday into Monday night, but looks as if moisture may be overdone.
EC/NAM mainly dry with the frontal passage so maybe end up with
flurries at most currently.

Another shortwave trough to drop through the area Wednesday into
Thursday. May again see some small chances for precip across the far
north/east. EC remains drier and warmer than the GFS which keeps the
cold air entrenched across the region. Will have to watch as
temperatures would then trend to near average or below with a
pattern change possible toward the end of next week into next
weekend as the upper level flow pattern looks to become more
westerly to southwesterly.


.AVIATION.../For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon/
Issued at 1154 AM CST Fri Dec 8 2017

Winds to pick up tonight behind a frontal boundary sinking
southward through the state late today into tonight. Have
increased winds from what were in there, with the strongest winds
expected across the north/northeast. Some light snow may move
through KMCW this evening, with little or no accumulations
possible. Otherwise MVFR CIGS likely tonight into Saturday with
gusty northwesterly winds continuing into Saturday.





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