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FXUS63 KARX 140805

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
300 AM CDT Sat Apr 14 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Sunday)
Issued at 300 AM CDT Sat Apr 14 2018

>>> Nuts and Bolts <<< : without getting too long winded/overly
verbose...current convection/pcpn tying directly into the low level
jet/moisture transport, piece of upper level energy kicking ahead of
the main trough, and south-north sloping frontogenetic region with
tight thermal profile north of the system`s warm front. Shortwave
and branch of low level jet shifts east early this morning while the
frontogenetic region and north east-west running 850 mb jet holds
across the local. Main pcpn band will shift east, but there will
still be areas/intermittent pcpn to content with.

The parent upper level trough/500mb closed low moves east/northeast
across the local area by late this afternoon/night - with its
leading edge serving as another focus for more widespread/higher
intensity pcpn. Pcpn bands will also persist in the deformation
region northwest of the low.

The shortwave lifts northeast early Sunday morning. Enough wrap
around moisture/upper level support to continue areas of pcpn
although qpf/intensity will be much lighter.

>>> Pcpn types and amounts <<<: max wet bulb temps still coldest in
the EC, but not as big of spread between that and the GFS/NAM as in
previous days. By 00z this evening the 0 tw line shifts into central
WI down into northeast IA, then mostly southeast of the local area
12z Sun.

North-south running x-sections via the NAM/GFS/EC all point to a
loss of ice today continuing into tonight. The saturation gradually
taps into the colder air a loft on Sunday. That said, by this
evening cold air is already pushing in northwest of the low - with
the soundings suggesting that while there may not be ice in the top
of the cloud, ice would be introduced into the cloud layer toward
850 mb. Interesting feature. In addition, any convective-type
element would certainly stretch the saturation into the ice bearing
layer. Models are having a hard time here, not capturing the
convective elements - thus producing more freezing rain when sleet
or a sleet/freezing rain/etc mix would be more appropriate. Will add
more sleet and reduce freezing rain threat a bit to account for

For types, mainly snow north of I-90, with a wintry mix of
sleet/freezing rain/snow in that corridor today into tonight.
Farther south rain will become more of a wintry mix late this
afternoon/evening. Most can expect snow on Sunday.

Snow/sleet accumulation generally 6 to 12 inches north of I-90, with
localized amounts approaching 14 north of highway 29 in Wisconsin.
About 1 to 4 for northeast IA/southwest WI. Icing from a glaze to
around 1/4" along I-90 possible.

All amounts still hold a fair amount of uncertainty as ptype can
fluctuate quite a bit today and tonight.

>>> Wind <<< : wind is going to remain a factor through the weekend
with the tight pressure gradient not showing much relaxing until
later in the day Monday. Strongest winds will be today into this

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Friday)
Issued at 300 AM CDT Sat Apr 14 2018

Consistent signal in the models with driving a shortwave trough from
the desert southwest on Tue to across the local areas late tue
evening through Wed. Both the GFS and EC take the associated sfc low
through IA and into southern WI, dragging the main deformation
region across southern MN into northern WI. Some differences with
how much cold air will be in place and wrapped into the system -
obvious impacts on pcpn type and potential amounts. As it sits now
accumulating snows would be possible mostly north of interstate 94
(several inches) with mainly rain south of there. Plenty of time for
shifts in location/timing along with the thermal profile. It`s a
system that bears a close watch as winter keeps us firmly in its

Taking a quick look at next weekend - the GFS and EC suggest another
storm system could bring widespread precipitation to the region. At
this time, temperatures would favor mainly rain.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Saturday night)
Issued at 1154 PM CDT Fri Apr 13 2018

First batch of precipitation is about to exit the area the next hour
(in the form of snow/sleet/freezing rain at RST and mainly
rain/sleet at LSE), leaving a likely gap for a while as we await the
next batch of precipitation expected to arrive later in the morning
and afternoon on Saturday. Can`t totally rule out some
sleet/freezing rain (maybe snow?) showers working across the area
mid morning, but the better risk for widespread IFR conditions in
snow will exist for the afternoon and evening hours. Some of that
snow could be quite heavy for a time just about anywhere, though the
specifics are still a little murky. Suffice it to say that
conditions will take a turn for the worse as temperatures continue
to fall below freezing for all areas, with gusty northeast winds at
25-35 knots right on through Saturday evening, with occasional gusts
nearing 40 knots for RST.


.HYDROLOGY...(Today through Sunday)
Issued at 300 AM CDT Sat Apr 14 2018

Rainfall totals from Friday and Friday night have been in the 1/2 to
1 1/2 inch range across the area, with precipitation from Wabasha to
Jackson county and northward mainly falling in the frozen form.
Rises on area rivers and stream from this rainfall so far have been
within bank rises.

Additional precipitation amounts of around an 1 inch are expected
today through Sunday. There will be a lull in the precipitation
across much of the area through mid morning. By the time the heavier
precipitation returns later this morning into this afternoon,
temperatures aloft across much of the fcst area trend cold enough
for the precip to mainly be wintry types. Much of the additional
precipitation from noon today thru Sunday is expected to fall as
freezing rain, sleet or snow, which would run off at a later time,
reducing the threat of flooding in the near-term.

Please continue to monitor forecasts closely, especially if you have
interests along or live near a river or stream.


WI...Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 7 PM CDT
     Sunday for WIZ061.

     Wind Advisory until 1 PM CDT this afternoon for WIZ061.

     Winter Weather Advisory from 7 AM this morning to 7 PM CDT
     Sunday for WIZ053>055.

     Winter Weather Advisory until 7 PM CDT Sunday for WIZ041>044.

     Winter Weather Advisory until 1 PM CDT this afternoon for WIZ032.

     Winter Storm Warning from 1 PM this afternoon to 1 PM CDT Sunday
     for WIZ032.

     Winter Weather Advisory until 4 PM CDT this afternoon for WIZ017-

     Winter Storm Warning from 4 PM this afternoon to 7 PM CDT Sunday
     for WIZ017-029-033-034.

MN...Winter Weather Advisory from 7 AM this morning to 7 PM CDT
     Sunday for MNZ094>096.

     Winter Weather Advisory until 1 PM CDT this afternoon for MNZ079-

     Winter Storm Warning from 1 PM this afternoon to 1 PM CDT Sunday
     for MNZ079-086>088.

IA...Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 7 PM CDT
     Sunday for IAZ018-019-029-030.

     Wind Advisory until 1 PM CDT this afternoon for IAZ018-019-029-

     Winter Weather Advisory from 7 AM this morning to 7 PM CDT
     Sunday for IAZ008>011.


LONG TERM....Rieck
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