Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KTOP 200855

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Topeka KS
255 AM CST Fri Jan 20 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 232 AM CST Fri Jan 20 2017

Early this morning one mid-level trough was lifting northeast out of
the area with water vapor imagery showing the next disturbance
centered over eastern Colorado.  Models show this disturbance
deepening into a shortwave trough as it pivots northeastward across
Kansas today and tonight. With surface low pressure over the
Texas/Oklahoma panhandles early this morning, the advancing
shortwave trough will help to push this low pressure northeastward
across the CWA with an associated warm front lifting into east
central KS by late afternoon. Ahead of this warm front, plenty of
low-level moisture was present across the region with satellite
imagery showing the entire CWA blanketed under low stratus. As a
result, widespread areas of dense fog were noted this morning and a
Dense Fog Advisory remains in effect until 10 AM. While there is
still some model uncertainty with when exactly this low-level
moisture will diminish today, short-range model soundings have been
trending toward this moisture lingering over the area through much
of the day before the warm front begins to lift northward over the
area.  As a result of the expected lingering low cloud cover, have
lowered temperatures today by a few degrees with highs in the upper
40s to low/mid 50s from northwest to southeast.  With some lift
noted with the low-level moisture in model soundings, expect periods
of drizzle to persist through much of the day, particularly across
north central to northeast KS.  This drizzle should diminish by late
this evening, but persistent low cloud cover will keep temperatures
tonight above the seasonal normals with lows in the 30s.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through Thursday)
Issued at 232 AM CST Fri Jan 20 2017

The active weather pattern will continue across the region through
the coming week as a series of upper level disturbances crosses
the CONUS. Saturday night into Sunday will feature a deepening
upper low becoming closed off over the Red River valley to our
south. While this system will be quite dynamic, much of the energy
will remain focused south of the forecast area with severe weather
in the southeast CONUS and some wrap-around precipitation north of
the low closer to home along the KS/OK border. Dry advection from
the north should prevent any precip from making it as far north as
the local forecast area. Temperatures are likely to remain warm
through this period with highs in the 40s and 50s through Tuesday.

Upper ridging will build over the region by Monday while another
strong vorticity maximum is well-forecast by model guidance to
surge across KS on Tuesday. The timing of this vort max and
associated jet streak appears conducive to a fairly rapid
deepening of the storm system as it crosses KS/NE. The current
storm track would take the surface low across northern parts of
the forecast area with some potential for warm advection rain/snow
in advance of the surface low with another round of precipitation
(most likely in the form of snow) possibly extending south into
KS on the back side of the low. Accumulating snow is likely to be
associated with this storm system, but given the current forecast
track would *likely be focused north of the local forecast area*.
The current ECMWF and Canadian models are at least suggestive of
some minor accumulation in far northern KS, but the snow gradient
looks likely to be tight with this storm and any shift in storm
track could make a substantial difference in the forecast. Do
expect colder air to build in as strong northerly winds develop as
the system passes.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
Issued at 1116 PM CST Thu Jan 19 2017

Visibilities and ceilings might bounce around tonight, but the
overall conditions will be IFR or lower. The tricky part of this
forecast will be when the fog and ceilings lift tomorrow. The
usually models want to keep IFR conditions into the afternoon,
while others try to improve by mid day. Towards the evening there
is a slight chance for showers, but coverage certainty and
probability remain low.


Dense Fog Advisory until 10 AM CST this morning for KSZ008>012-



SHORT TERM...Hennecke
LONG TERM...Barjenbruch
AVIATION...Sanders is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.