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FXUS63 KABR 142026

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Aberdeen SD
326 PM CDT Wed Mar 14 2018

.SHORT TERM...(This Evening through Thursday Afternoon)
Issued at 325 PM CDT Wed Mar 14 2018

Quiet and mild conditions are expected in the short term period, as
an upper level ridge slides across the central part of the country.
Surface high pressure will dig southward from central Canada to the
eastern Dakotas/Minnesota tonight, then begins to get pushed east on
Thursday as low pressure intensifies over eastern Colorado/western
Kansas. With the warm temperatures today resulting in continued snow
melt, cannot rule out some fog development overnight, especially
across the eastern CWA which will be under stronger influence of the
surface high.

Temperatures will remain mild with overnight lows in the mid teens
to lower 20s, and highs on Thursday in the mid 30s to lower 40s.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday Evening through Wednesday)
Issued at 325 PM CDT Wed Mar 14 2018

Main forecast concern continues to be a negatively tilted trough
that ejects into the plains Friday, with a deepening surface low
that tracks from western Colorado, across Nebraska and into Iowa by
Friday night. There is still some differences between
timing/track/intensity but good agreement on the general trends,
lending some degree of confidence that parts of the area will be
impacted by this spring snowstorm.

The main question is timing and how far north to take precipitation.
Generally, the NAM remains an outlier, although closer to
expectations when these systems encounter a fetch of dry air from
high pressure anchored over the Manitoba/Ontario provinces.
Unfortunately, no updated GEFS plumes but SREF plumes still show
a wide array of outcomes across the area, which again places doubt
in the deterministic NAM output. Until these come into alignment
or some other form of guidance matches the NAM outcome, the
preference is to follow the EC/GFS/Canadian and SREF trends and
jump on these higher impact scenarios.

How impactful? SREF probability of an inch QPF in 24 hours is 30%
across south central South Dakota, and greater than 50% for a 12
hour QPF of 1/2 inch, suggesting the potential for quite a bit of
moisture in that area. Trend in BUFKIT profiles support deep
dendritic growth zone above 700mb, with lift in that layer, however
outside the period of peak dynamics, we lose saturation within the
dendritic growth zone and are probably left with drizzle/freezing
drizzle. Peak intensity across south central South Dakota is during
daylight hours which may cut down on ice so long as morning
temperatures don`t drop to precipitously. Currently the anticipation
is for clouds to move in overnight but guidance temperatures are
showing lows in the teens and 20s, thanks to a lack of warm
advection into the region. So the evolution is light ice, followed
by heavy/wet snow with the northern boundary still probably
suffering some loss due to evaporation, with light ice on the tail
end. Not much for high pressure to follow so clouds are expected to

Now, flash forward to late Sunday and we see another system that
could impact the region. Guidance has latched onto a surface track
across Kansas, though flow aloft becomes strongly diffluent across
South Dakota and Nebraska spreading precipitation this far north.
Still lots of time to sort this one out however.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Thursday Afternoon)
Issued at 1227 PM CDT Wed Mar 14 2018

Other than the potential for some MVFR vsbys due to fog late
tonight into early Thursday morning, VFR conditions will prevail
across the area through midday Thursday.




LONG TERM...Connelly
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