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National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO
546 am CST Tuesday Feb 9 2016

issued at 318 am CST Tuesday Feb 9 2016

Upper-level troughing will pervade from the Great Lakes through the
eastern Continental U.S. This week and into the weekend, resulting in chilly
but mainly dry conditions throughout the County Warning Area. Fluctuations in the
strength and westward extent of the upper trough will allow highs to
vary from the upper 20s to the middle 40s this week, and will also
be moderated by cloud cover from weak, passing waves dropping down
the back side of the upper trough.

In the very near term, the main concern will be fire danger this
afternoon as dewpoints mix down into the single digits and northwest
winds continue to gust into the 20 to 30 mph range. Chilly highs in
the 20s to lower 30s should keep the relative humidity somewhat moderate and thus
should keep the overall fire danger below a critical level, but the
breezy conditions and dry fuels may still promote the spread of
fires should one start.

Broad, weak lift associated with the right entrance region of an
upper jet streak will combine with Pacific moisture rounding the
ridge across the western U.S. On Wednesday afternoon, supporting a
quick shot of light snow across the northeastern half to third of
the County Warning Area. Saturation will be fairly deep but occurs above -10 c and
does not extend down into the boundary layer; thus snow rates should
be fairly light, and snow amounts will total less than an inch, even
in far northwest MO where the combination of lift and moisture will
be most efficient.

Although timing is a smidge different in the ec and GFS, both models
appear to indicate warming in between surges of upper low pressure
late Thursday into Friday. Depending on the exact timing, slightly
above normal high temperatures are possible -- especially across
southwestern portions of the forecast area -- on Friday. Cooler air
will move back in for saturday; however, keeping the warming trend
short lived.

Precipitation continues to look possible Sunday or Monday as a
shortwave trough digs from the northern plains through the Missouri
Valley, dragging a surface low and associated cold front through the
region. Precipitation type will depend on how far south the trough
drops, and the antecedent conditions as a result of the timing of
the system. Either way, the track and depth of the surface low does
not support much accumulation or a long duration of precipitation.


Aviation...(for the 12z tafs through 12z Wednesday morning)
issued at 546 am CST Tuesday Feb 9 2016

VFR and breezy conditions will continue today, with scattered
ceilings around 10-15 kft and sustained northwest winds of 15 to
20 kts occasionally gusting to 30 kts. Gusts should drop off
after 02-03z Wednesday, but sustained speeds will likely remain
above 10 kts throughout the taf period.


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