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National Weather Service Des Moines Iowa
330 am CST Wednesday Feb 10 2016

Short term /today/...
issued at 330 am CST Wednesday Feb 10 2016

Weak vorticity maximum to shove southeastward through the state today in
northwest flow pattern aloft. Currently responsible for some light
snow across the eastern Dakotas and an increase in cloud cover
across western Iowa. Associated surface low over the western Dakotas/eastern
Montana to slide southeastward into the Central Plains today. Warm air advection
ahead of the surface low to be in place across the western half of the
County Warning Area...with the vorticity maximum shearing apart some as it drops southeast.
Therefore expect decent chance for snow with the wave into the
western/northwestern County Warning Area this morning...with chances waning across
the southwest/south central this afternoon. Expect a band of light
to moderate snow at times...with around a half an inch maybe an inch
and a half possible at locations across the west
central/southwestern County Warning Area by this afternoon. Kept probability of precipitation similar to the
high-res model output that have a good handle on current conditions.

As for temperatures have warmed early morning temperatures as warm air advection
and cloud cover has moved in and continue to keep temperatures from
dropping off too much. Some warm air advection should see temperatures warming
some even with the extensive cloud cover. However still expect
cooler temperatures across the east/NE with the warmer air bisecting the County Warning Area
from northwest to southeast through the day. Therefore have more neutral to cold air advection
across the northeast.

Long term /tonight through Tuesday/...
issued at 330 am CST Wednesday Feb 10 2016

The pattern from Wednesday night into Friday is quite similar to
that being experienced at the current time and forecast for today.
That is...a surface high pressure area will slide across
northeastern Iowa while a band of light snow moves overhead on its
southwestern flank. Once again the snow that falls on
Thursday/Thursday night will only amount to around an inch or less
and fall with light winds...the only difference being that it
should fall a bit further northeast than todays snow.

On Friday a large and cold area of Canadian high pressure will
surge southward across the midwestern region...scouring out the
clouds and light snow and bringing plummeting temperatures and
brisk northwest winds by Friday night. At daybreak Saturday
morning this will result in wind chills in the 20 to 30 below zero
range across northern Iowa and headlines are likely.

The 500 mb steering pattern across our region will finally change
on Saturday as a large and persistent gyre over the eastern U.S.
Will be dislodged and shunted eastward...causing the cyclonic flow
over Iowa to give way to a series of longwave troughs moving
through otherwise west northwest or nearly zonal flow. The net
result of this shift will be a moderation of temperatures with
Monday highs around 25 degrees warmer than Saturday highs. It will
also result in a return of more robust and widespread
snow chances around Saturday night or possibly Sunday. There has
been a pretty persistent signal for this scenario for a few days
now...but the timing of the snow has been all over the place. In
any event...this system should have somewhat better moisture and
forcing to work with however the trough will be translating
eastward rather quickly which will limit accumulations. At this
point it does not appear particularly heavy but we will be
monitoring the potential throughout this week.


issued at 1149 PM CST Tuesday Feb 9 2016

VFR conditions in place at 06z with low end VFR ceilings slowly moving
across western Iowa. Eastern taf sites will remain VFR /kmcw/Kalo/kotm/
but other sites /kfod/kdsm/ will likely see IFR/MVFR reductions
due to visibilities and/or ceilings in snow into midday...followed by a
return to VFR toward the end of the period. Kfod/kdsm are on the
eastern edge of the confidence in timing and IFR/MVFR is not


Dmx watches/warnings/advisories...


Short term...beerends
long term...Lee

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