Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS64 KSHV 152216

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Shreveport LA
416 PM CST Mon Jan 15 2018

Our much anticipated winter weather event is imminent now as the
strong Arctic air mass is already beginning to spill south along
the I-30 corridor with the much warmer air still in place farther
south where we have climbed into the lower 60s over much of east
Texas and north Louisiana. However, these temperatures will soon
go by the wayside as this Arctic front rapidly sweeps through the
rest of the region this evening through the early Tuesday morning.

Unlike most winter weather events, model solutions have been very
consistent in a rapid cooling through the entire atmosphere such
that a transition from rain to snow will occur quickly with only a
small window of opportunity for any wintry mix which would likely
include sleet and much less chance of freezing rain. As the quick
transition to snow takes place, heavier bands are expected to line
up generally along and between the I-30/I-20 corridors where our
Winter Storm Warning takes affect at 9 PM tonight. These areas are
likely to see a broad swath of 3-4 inches of snowfall through the
first half of Tuesday before snow gradually tapers off from north
to south. To the immediate north and south of the warning, the
remainder of the CWA is only being included in a Winter Weather
Advisory due to lower forecast snowfall accumulations of generally
1-2 inches with isolated higher amounts up to 3 inches possible.
The northern advisory runs from 6 PM this evening through noon on
Tuesday, and the southern advisory begins later on Tuesday morning
at 3 AM and continues through 6 PM that evening.

Additional advisories and warnings will likely be forthcoming with
this Arctic air mass to include a Hard Freeze Warning and a Wind
Chill Advisory, but I have opted not to include these products in
this forecast package due to the other winter weather headlines
taking precedence.

As referenced above, the other major story aside from the wintry
precipitation will be the strong winds accompanying the front and
the bitter cold temperatures which will carry through the next 72
hours. In fact, daytime temperatures are not expected to get above
freezing on Tuesday which will create very hazardous travel
conditions as snow turns to slush on area roadways and then
quickly refreezes. This will be especially concerning on elevated
surfaces such as bridges and overpasses as well as less traveled
secondary roads. To make matters worse, temperatures will really
take a nosedive Tuesday night into Wednesday morning with lows in
the teens areawide. Due to this extremely low temperatures, highs
on Wednesday still may not get above freezing in some locations so
the travel woes will linger through Thursday in these areas where
additional refreezing will occur overnight Wednesday into Thursday

We will finally see some light at the end of the tunnel by late in
the week as much warmer temperatures will return on Friday through
the weekend ahead of another cold front. This next front will be a
Pacific front so temperatures are expected to remain well above
freezing with widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms likely
by Sunday with frontal passage. The front will clear the region
Sunday night and with a dry start expected for the new work week.

Thanks to all of our neighboring WFOs for the outstanding work and
collaboration today.



SHV  24  29  15  33 / 100  70   0   0
MLU  25  28  15  32 /  90  80   0   0
DEQ  17  26  12  34 /  70  10   0   0
TXK  19  27  12  32 / 100  30   0   0
ELD  21  27  12  33 / 100  60   0   0
TYR  21  29  15  33 / 100  30   0   0
GGG  22  29  15  33 / 100  60   0   0
LFK  27  31  17  38 / 100  80  10   0


AR...Winter Storm Warning from 9 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Tuesday
     for ARZ059>061-070>073.

     Winter Weather Advisory until noon CST Tuesday for ARZ050-051.

LA...Winter Storm Warning from 9 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Tuesday
     for LAZ001>004-006.

     Winter Weather Advisory from 3 AM to 6 PM CST Tuesday for LAZ005-

OK...Winter Weather Advisory until noon CST Tuesday for OKZ077.

TX...Winter Storm Warning from 9 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Tuesday
     for TXZ097-108>112-124>126-136>138-149>151.

     Winter Weather Advisory from 3 AM to 6 PM CST Tuesday for TXZ152-

     Winter Weather Advisory until noon CST Tuesday for TXZ096.



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