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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Springfield MO
216 PM CST Thu Jan 12 2017

Issued at 216 PM CST Thu Jan 12 2017

Clouds have been slow to erode behind the Arctic cold front today
and temperatues have held fairly steady under the cloud cover
around the freezing mark or slightly below for most of the CWA and
still in the 40s across parts of south central Missouri. Radar was
showing some very light echoes across south central and southern
Missouri, but have not seen any reports of drizzle/freezing
drizzle at this time. Deep upper level trough evident on water
vapor imagery was just off the California coast.

Main forecast focus will be with the impending freezing rain and
ice accretion over the next couple of days. We have upgraded our
watch to an ice storm warning this afternoon and the far southern
Missouri counties were put in a freezing rain advisory.


.SHORT TERM...(Tonight)
Issued at 216 PM CST Thu Jan 12 2017

For tonight, short term models are driving the freezing line to
near the MO/AR border overnight, with precipitation expected to
start developing by late evening and overnight across far southern
Missouri. Will likely see freezing rain develop over almost all
but the extreme far southern sections of Missouri which may remain
above freezing during the overnight hours. A freezing rain
advisory has been issued for the counties borderering Arkansas
from Midnight until Friday noon, with an ice storm warning
beginning at midnight for the remainder of the counties in our

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Thursday)
Issued at 216 PM CST Thu Jan 12 2017

The precipitation which develops overnight tonight will gradually
shift northward on Friday morning spreading across the remainder
of the area. The freezing line will gradually creep northward to
near the US 60 corridor during the day friday and along the I44
corridor Friday night. Parts of central and west central Missouri
into southeast Kansas may remain below freezing until around
Midday Sunday. The areas which are below freezing the longest will
have the most ice accretion and we have areas mainly north and
west of a Pittsburg Kansas to Rolla line in an Ice storm warning
until noon Sunday. Areas along and north of this line can expect
from a half inch to three quarters of an inch of ice, with
possibly higher localized amounts. Further south, the freezing
line should move through quicker with a quicker onset to rain from
freezing rain. We are expecting a quarter to half inch of ice
roughly between the US 60 and I44 corridor.

By Sunday afternoon, the warmer air will continue to advance
northward with the precipitation expected to be all rain by this
time frame. There may be a lull in the action during the afternoon
Sunday after this first batch of rain/freezing rain lifts
northward and prior to the showers/thunderstorms arrival with the
main wave. Most of this precipitation should arrive Sunday night
into Monday night. Models continue to bring instability northward
into the area for continuing the mention of thunderstorms as this
main wave pushes through.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 1214 PM CST Thu Jan 12 2017

Shield of low MVFR to IFR cloud cover is being persistent.
Expectations are for the clearing line to finally make it to I-44
this afternoon. This would bring improvements to the Joplin and
Springfield terminals briefly this evening. The Branson area will
likely see cloud cover remain however. Flight conditions will
slowly deteriorate after midnight however as a storm system moves
into the Ozarks region. This will bring freezing rain and MVFR/IFR
ceilings to the region after midnight and last through Friday


MO...Freezing Rain Advisory from midnight tonight to noon CST Friday
     for MOZ097-101>106.

     Ice Storm Warning from midnight tonight to 6 PM CST Saturday for

     Ice Storm Warning from midnight tonight to noon CST Sunday for

KS...Ice Storm Warning from midnight tonight to 6 PM CST Saturday for

     Ice Storm Warning from midnight tonight to noon CST Sunday for



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