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|Sunrise 7:36AM||Sunset 4:32PM||Friday December 13, 2019 1:28 AM CST (07:28 UTC)||Moonrise 6:01PM||Moonset 8:58AM||Illumination 98%|
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FXUS63 KMPX 130513 AFDMPX
Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN 1113 PM CST Thu Dec 12 2019
UPDATE. Issued at 1053 PM CST Thu Dec 12 2019
Updated to include 06z aviation discussion below.
SHORT TERM. (This evening through Friday night) Issued at 225 PM CST Thu Dec 12 2019
The storm system that produced locally one to two inches of snow across central, east central Minnesota, as well as west central Wisconsin, was rapidly moving east across the Great Lakes. There was even localized 3 to 5 inch amounts in west central Wisconsin today as the storm intensified during the morning. Although there will be some clearing overnight, clouds will once again be on the increase as the next short wave moves southeast across the Northern Plains.
There are a few differences from Friday's system, vs today's in terms of snowfall amounts, timing and more wind.
One of the differences is snowfall amounts will be lighter, and generally an inch or less. Timing will be more during the midday/afternoon hours, vs. morning/early afternoon, and wind speeds will be slightly stronger following the snowfall.
Tomorrows system was already beginning to move out of the northern Rockies this afternoon. It seems to be more disorganized vs. todays system as the main circulation is not quite evident in water vapor imagery. Light snow was already developing along the front range of the Rockies as the system begins to move out into the plains.
There is consistency in the models for the onset of light snow across far western Minnesota during the pre dawn hours. There is also a small window where both strong lift associated with this short wave, and the dendritic growth zone are collocated. The window is roughly 3-6 hours long, and quickly moves across Minnesota, and into western Wisconsin by the afternoon. The main concern is when saturation occurs in the atmospheric column, which coincides with the dendritic growth zone. There is no doubt that light snow/flurries will occur for a brief period from west to east across Minnesota, and into western Wisconsin, the question is how much snowfall will occur. QPF amounts don't look overly impressive, especially during the morning. However, by the afternoon, models start to enhance this stronger dendritic growth zone feature while the atmospheric column saturates. Therefore, the best chance of one to locally two inches of snow will occur along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, and eastward into parts of east central Minnesota during the afternoon. Before this enhancement, a light dusting of snow is more likely over western/southwestern Minnesota. There is also some evidences that once we lose the ice seeding clouds, weak lift may cause freezing drizzle to form, especially in west central Wisconsin where the best lift remains Friday evening. The best forecast is to add patchy freezing drizzle, but impacts should be minor.
LONG TERM. (Saturday through Thursday) Issued at 215 PM CST Thu Dec 12 2019
No significant changes to the long range forecast through next week. The weather pattern looks dry and cooler than normal. The coldest air will move in Saturday, with steady or falling temperatures expected. Wind chill values Saturday night will be 15 to 25 below zero, so getting close to wind chill advisory criteria across the northwest up near Alexandria MN. Sunday will remain cold, with afternoon highs remaining in the single digits.
Looking ahead, temperatures will moderate slightly toward the end of the week, but remain below the seasonal average for mid- December with highs only in the teens. There is a storm system that will move across the Ohio River Valley, but as of now no major systems are expected to impact the Upper Midwest this coming week.
AVIATION. (For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night) Issued at 1053 PM CST Thu Dec 12 2019
VFR conditions at initialization for all sites though there are some isolated pockets of MVFR across central-southern MN and western WI. Ceilings at all sites will drop to MVFR levels in advance of the clipper-type system expected to push across the region Friday and Friday night. As -SN begins, conditions will likely drop to IFR for a 3-6 hour period depending on the site. Conditions, mainly ceilings, will likely remain within IFR range (or very close to it) through Friday evening into early Saturday morning as the system exits to the Great Lakes.
KMSP . VFR to start but this is not expected to last more than a few hours before more sustained MVFR ceilings arrive overnight. The -SN, likely to start after the Friday morning push, is expected to be light, with only around an inch accumulation throughout this event. Not looking for any heavier bursts but some IFR visibilities cannot be ruled out.
/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/ Sat . MVFR/VFR cigs with -SN possible. Wind NW 10-15 kts. Sun . VFR. Wind NW 5 kts. Mon . VFR. Wind WNW 5 kts.
MPX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. WI . None. MN . None.
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