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FXUS63 KEAX 262329  
AFDEAX  
 
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO  
529 PM CST SUN FEB 26 2017  
   
DISCUSSION
 
 
ISSUED AT 233 PM CST SUN FEB 26 2017  
 
THE FORECAST OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS IS GOING TO VARY GREATLY IN  
TIME AND AREA. TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL FALL INTO THE 20S AND  
30S, BUT WE'LL WARM UP INTO THE 50S AND 60S AS A WARM FRONT LIFTS  
NORTH INTO THE AREA. THIS FRONT MAY SPREAD SOME SHOWERS ACROSS THE  
AREA AND WILL ALSO LEAD TO HIGHER HUMIDITY AS A SURGE OF  
RELATIVELY WARM DEWPOINTS MOVES NORTHWARD BEHIND THE FRONT.  
 
HEADING INTO TUESDAY, WINDS WILL VEER TO THE SOUTHWEST AHEAD OF AN  
APPROACHING COLD FRONT AND IN THE VICINITY OF A PRE-FRONTAL TROUGH.  
FORECAST SOUNDINGS CONTINUE TO SHOW DEEP MIXING IN A CORRIDOR ALONG  
THE TROUGH AND AS A RESULT DEWPOINTS DROP CONSIDERABLY DURING THE  
AFTERNOON. IT CONTINUES TO LOOK LIKE AT LEAST VERY HIGH FIRE  
DANGER WILL DEVELOP OVER PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL KS AND WEST  
CENTRAL MISSOURI, WHERE THE DEEP MIXING SCOURS OUT DEWPOINTS AND  
TRANSPORTS STRONG WINDS ALOFT TO THE SURFACE. WHILE THERE IS A  
CHANCE FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS, MAINLY IN OUR  
SOUTHERN/SOUTHEASTERN ZONES DURING THE DAY, THE CHANCE FOR  
PRECIPITATION LOOKS MUCH GREATER IN THE POST-FRONTAL COLD  
ADVECTION REGIME LATE IN THE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT. DURING THE  
DAY, WHILE INSTABILITY DEVELOPS IN OUR SOUTHEAST, WINDS ARE VEERED  
TO THE SOUTHWEST AND THERE IS LITTLE CONVERGENCE ALONG THE PRE-  
FRONTAL TROUGH. FORECAST SOUNDINGS IN THIS AREA SHOW 500 TO  
PERHAPS AS MUCH AS 750 J/KG MUCAPE. BUT THERE ALSO REMAINS SOME  
INHIBITION TO OVERCOME AND WITH LITTLE FORCING THINK THAT IT'S  
MORE LIKELY WE'LL GO THROUGH THE DAY WITH LITTLE/NO CONVECTION.  
ONCE THE FRONT MOVES THROUGH THOUGH DURING THE EVENING/OVERNIGHT  
HOURS, THE MID AND UPPER LEVELS BEGIN TO COOL AND SATURATE WITH  
SOME ELEVATED MOISTURE PRESENT ABOVE THE INVERSION. SO IT LOOKS  
MORE LIKELY THAT SHOWERS AND A FEW STORMS WILL DEVELOP OVER THE  
AREA DURING THE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT HOURS. STRONG SHEAR WILL  
REMAIN IN PLACE GIVEN THE FAST MOVING MID TO UPPER FLOW SO A FEW  
STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE.  
 
THE OTHER ASPECT OF THIS SYSTEM IS HOW QUICKLY COLD AIR FUNNELS INTO  
THE AREA, ENABLING SNOW TO DEVELOP. AVAILABLE MODELS ALL GENERATE  
SOME SNOW AS THE MAIN PV ANOMALY APPROACHES THE AREA. THE NAM IS THE  
MOST ROBUST, LAYING DOWN SEVERAL INCHES ACROSS NORTHERN MISSOURI.  
THE ECMWF, GFS AND THE CANADIAN ARE MUCH LESS ROBUST, DESPITE A  
SIMILAR UPPER PATTERN. THE MAIN DISTINGUISHING FEATURE WITH THE NAM  
IS THE INTENSITY OF A FRONTOGENETIC BAND WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE MID-  
LEVEL SHORTWAVE AND THE MAXIMUM LIFT IN THE SNOW GROWTH REGION. THE  
FINER RESOLUTION OF THE NAM COMBINED WITH ITS STRONGER FORCING SEEMS  
TO BE THE CULPRIT FOR ITS MUCH HIGHER SNOW AMOUNTS. THAT SAID, GIVEN  
THE SYNOPTIC SCALE AGREEMENT WITH COARSER SCALE MODELS, FEEL THIS  
PERIOD WILL NEED TO BE WATCHED FOR POTENTIAL WINTRY WEATHER.  
 
THE REMAINDER OF THE FORECAST LOOKS QUIET WITH SPLIT FLOW  
ENCROACHING ON OR OVER THE REGION. THIS PATTERN SHOULD KEEP US  
SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH THE END OF THE WORK WEEK BUT AS FLOW  
BECOMES MORE PERSISTENTLY OUT OF THE SOUTH/SOUTHWEST, MUCH ABOVE  
NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED FOR NEXT WEEKEND.  
 

 
   
AVIATION
 
(FOR THE 00Z TAFS THROUGH 00Z MONDAY EVENING)  
ISSUED AT 529 PM CST SUN FEB 26 2017  
 
DIURNAL CU WILL BEGIN TO DISSIPATE OVER THE NEXT HOUR, LEAVING  
SKIES CLEAR THROUGH THE NIGHT. THIN CIRRUS MAY BEGIN TO SLIDE INTO  
THE REGION MONDAY MORNING; THEN THICKER MIDLEVEL STRATUS WILL  
BUILD IN FROM THE WEST SOUTHWEST DURING THE AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL  
INCREASE SLIGHTLY OUT OF THE SOUTHEAST ON MONDAY, BUT WILL TOP OUT  
AT SPEEDS AROUND OR LESS THAN 10 KTS. A FEW LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS ARE  
POSSIBLE BY THE END OF THE TAF PERIOD, BUT PROBABILITY WAS TOO LOW  
TO WARRANT A MENTION AT THIS TIME.  
 

 
   
EAX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES
 
 
KS...NONE.  
MO...NONE.  

 
 

 
 
DISCUSSION...CDB  
AVIATION...LAFLIN  
 
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