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FXUS63 KEAX 232149

National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO
349 PM CST Mon Jan 23 2017

Issued at 349 PM CST MON JAN 23 2017

Low level stratus has broken out across much of the area this
afternoon as the ridge of high pressure has moved off to the east
and southerly winds have commenced on the back side of the departing
ridge. The better surface pressure gradient currently resides off to
the west of the forecast area and will gradually move eastward into
western Missouri. Expect these surface winds to pick up through the
night out of the south around 10 mph. With good warm and moist air
advection into the area there could be some low stratus through the
Tuesday morning hours, with maybe some localized lowered visibility
with some haze. By mid day clouds should break up, lending to some
partly to mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will generally warm up
into the middle 50s to perhaps lower 60s as the warm front pushes
well north of the area. This warm up is in response to a fairly
potent surface cyclone, which will push into central and eastern
Kansas through the day on Tuesday. This surface cyclone will run off
to the northeast into southern Iowa, perhaps cutting across far NW
MO Tuesday into Tuesday night. The mid level wave associated with
this low level circulation will glide across the northern Plains and
into the Great Lakes Region through the day on Tuesday, taking the
best synoptic lift north with it. The trailing cold front will then
be the focus for some light rain showers on Tuesday and Tuesday
night. The best chance for some light rain on Tuesday night would be
across northern Missouri, however with the cold front moving through
there could be a few showers further south toward the KC Metro, but
overall the best chances will be well north of KC Tuesday night. As
the cooler air works into the area Wednesday some moisture will wrap
around the low pressure system and bring some mixy type
precipitation, mainly to the north of KC Metro across far northern
Missouri. Perhaps Wednesday night into Thursday there will be enough
cold air to change the precipitation over to snow, but with the bulk
of the precipitation from this system going well north of the area
accumulations of snow will be minimal if evident at all.

Northwest mid level flow regime then takes over the area in the wake
of the mid week trough. This will effectively cut off the chances
for precipitation through the latter half of the week. Long range
models hint at a lobe of mid level energy swinging through the area
late next weekend, which might bring with it a chance for widespread
light precipitation, but given the prolonged W/NW flow at the
surface and aloft the amount of usable moisture would likely be
rather minimal, thus moderate to heavy precipitation is unlikely
with next weekend`s wave.


.Aviation...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Tuesday Afternoon)
Issued at 1149 AM CST MON JAN 23 2017

Fog and stratus have been tough to get rid of this morning across
the area. Expect it to hang on a bit longer, but with some gradual
improvement later this afternoon. Winds then increase through the
overnight hours, which could be a mitiating factor for more fog
development on Tuesday morning. Model guidance is a bit bearish on
the fog formation, so went with some MVFR VIS restrictions for the
early morning hours. Winds then pick up even more through the day
while conditions become VFR by the end of this 24 hour forecast




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