Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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FXUS63 KARX 182322

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
622 PM CDT Wed Apr 18 2018

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Thursday)
Issued at 228 PM CDT Wed Apr 18 2018

Through the remainder of this afternoon, the frontogenetic
band will remain along the Minnesota and Iowa border east across
southern Wisconsin. This band will gradually weaken during the
early to mid evening. As this occurs, the snow will taper off to
flurries and end. Additional snow amounts will range from 2 to 5
inches this afternoon and from a trace to 1 inch between 7 PM and
10 PM this evening. This will raise the storm snowfall total into
the 6 to 12 inch range in the aforementioned band. There may be a
few higher totals along the Minnesota and Iowa border in Mower
and Fillmore counties in southeast Minnesota and Mitchell and
Howard counties in northeast Iowa.

Due to the heavy snow south along and south of Interstate 90,
lowered the maximum temperatures by 5 to 7F.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Wednesday)
Issued at 228 PM CDT Wed Apr 18 2018

From Thursday night through Monday, high pressure will provide
some much needed dry weather for the region. Snow cover will
initially limit some of the warming on Friday and Saturday, but
by the end of the weekend much of it should be melted and high
temperatures will become more seasonable (lower and mid 60s).

From Monday night into Wednesday, the models move a Canadian cold
front southeast through the region. The timing of this frontal
passage is highly uncertain due to differences in the models. The
GFS moves this front through from Monday night into Tuesday. The
ECMWF moves it through from Tuesday into Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, the Canadian has an upper level low moving through the
region, so it keeps the precipitation over the area through the
mid week period. This precipitation will be mainly rain. However,
the may be enough cold air in the wake of this front for a brief
period of snow.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Thursday evening)
Issued at 622 PM CDT Wed Apr 18 2018

Heaviest snow as of 18.2330Z extends from near KLSE eastward into
east-central WI. Visibility within this band continues to range
between 1/4 and 1/2SM. Outside of this band, visibility is
generally 1SM or greater. Snow intensity will weaken and then end
from west to east this evening. Expect snow to end at KRST by
18.02Z and 18.04Z at KLSE. IFR/MVFR ceilings will also improve as
snow ends with a return to VFR conditions expected by late this
evening and overnight. Skies will be mostly clear/sunny through
the rest of the period. Winds will be light from the northwest at
both TAF airfields through Thursday.


WI...Winter Storm Warning until 1 AM CDT Thursday for WIZ053>055-061.

     Winter Weather Advisory until 1 AM CDT Thursday for WIZ041>044.

MN...Winter Storm Warning until 1 AM CDT Thursday for MNZ094>096.

     Winter Weather Advisory until 1 AM CDT Thursday for MNZ086>088.

IA...Winter Storm Warning until 1 AM CDT Thursday for IAZ008>011-018-



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