Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KFSD 130340

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD
1040 PM CDT Mon Mar 12 2018

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Tuesday)
Issued at 347 PM CDT Mon Mar 12 2018

A longwave upper-level ridge over the Western CONUS will keep active
weather out of the near term forecast period. Light north winds have
suppressed today`s high temperatures, as cool Canadian air
filters into the area. A surface high pressure will move in from
the Northwest overnight leading to mostly clear skies and
potential for fog formation. Due to the relatively dry north winds
the incoming airmass is not overly moist; however, the favorable
radiational set-up looks supportive for at least patchy fog for
much of the James River Valley and the Buffalo Ridge. Fog should
dissipate by mid-morning as sunshine helps mix the lowest layers
of the atmosphere.

Tuesday will be another cool day, as weak winds combine with a
shallow cool air mass keep most locations a few degrees shy of
seasonal average high temperatures.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday night through Monday)
Issued at 347 PM CDT Mon Mar 12 2018

The upper-level ridge will migrate eastward over the high Plains
during the middle of the week, allowing temperatures to warm on
Wednesday. Most locations will be 5 to 10 degrees above average with
mild south and west winds. Places like Marshall, MN on the leeward
side of the Buffalo Ridge will be breezy with downslope enhancement
of southwest winds gusting around 20-30 mph. Thursday temperatures
will cool down slightly as the pressure gradient switches winds
to northerly and easterly, again bringing in cooler air.

Thursday night looks like the next chance for precipitation as the
pattern becomes more active. A shortwave trough could break off from
the larger amplitude Western U.S. trough and migrate beneath the
ridge. This would cause a rain and snow mix along the Missouri
River, but chances at this time look low given model spread. It`s
also worth noting that previous forecast runs looked noticeably
different, further lowering confidence. This low confidence trend
continues into Friday, as the ECMWF shows a more consolidated low
move south of the region, while the GFS builds another ridge with
dry conditions. Model differences compound over the weekend, so
the current forecast is an equal blend of guidance, showing only
slight chances for precipitation.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Tuesday night)
Issued at 1039 PM CDT Mon Mar 12 2018

With light winds, patchy fog will be possible across parts of the
area tonight into mid morning on Tuesday. Otherwise, VFR
conditions expected through the TAF period.




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