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National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen Minnesota
357 PM CST Friday Jan 30 2015

Short term...(this evening through saturday)
issued at 306 PM CST Friday Jan 30 2015

The short term forecast is quiet with seasonal temperatures and
little chance for percip. High pressure is currently sliding
southeast of the forecast area and a weak surface trough is slowly
moving east across the Dakotas. The air mass just ahead of this
trough is quite warm where temperatures climbed to near 50 to our west this
afternoon. This trough will move through tonight...but the front is
really more of an occluded front with the colder air coming in
fairly quickly behind the front. In terms of cloud cover...clearing
tonight should be replaced by a stratus deck coming in from the
north with the cold air. 850mb temperatures are expected to -10c to -12c by
00-06z.

Long term...(saturday night through friday)
issued at 306 PM CST Friday Jan 30 2015

Focus this shift is at the beginning of the long term
period...beginning Saturday night. A complicated forecast
situation is evolving as a northern stream wave over British
Columbia is forecast to phase with a southern stream system coming
out of the southwestern Continental U.S.. the details will be greatly
affected by how the southern and northern stream systems
merge...and when. The models in the past have struggled in
properly handling this type of interaction at times...and most of
the moisture will come with the southern stream system.

The consensus was a shift northward today...so increased probability of precipitation for
the southern half of the area...with high probabilities of
accumulating snow along the Iowa border. The heaviest amounts will
fall south of our area...but at this time it looks as if we'll get
clipped with a few inches of light snow along the Iowa border.
Where I lack confidence is in the merging of the northern and
southern stream waves because the northern wave will need to
accelerate and merge with the southern wave before its east of
Iowa. If this occurs...the northern wave is still likely to bring
light snow to southern and southwestern Minnesota...but with lighter
amounts. If the merge can happen before the southern system moves
too far east...amounts along the southern third of the state could
be higher due to better forcing and more abundant moisture. Plenty
of time to hash out the details of this system but for now
generally went for 1-3" across the far south. This forecast leaned
mostly toward the European model (ecmwf) solution...but the 18z NAM also came in
and backed off on amounts in our area from the 12z run.

Looking ahead...temperatures will cool behind these systems with
shortwaves moving through the general upper Midwest region every
few days through the end of the period. Opportunities to pick up
light snow remain in the forecast for those systems.
Otherwise...near to slightly below normal temperatures for much of
next week. There are indications though that the western Continental U.S.
Ridge will advance east around next weekend and push US back to
above normal temperatures.

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Aviation...(for the 18z tafs through 18z Saturday afternoon)
issued at 1144 am CST Friday Jan 30 2015

Besides a band of MVFR ceilings in western Minnesota...we expect most
area to remain VFR through the first half of the night. A cold
front comes through late tonight and there should be stratus
clouds and perhaps a few snow flurries behind the front early
tomorrow morning. We don't have a great feeling about when/if to
clear the MVFR stratus tomorrow.

Kmsp...

The weather looks good through the evening and most of the night.
A lot of chances for light snow beyond the taf period.

/Outlook for kmsp/

Sun...MVFR ceilings with -sn. Wind north-northeast at 10 knots.
Monday...VFR with MVFR/snow possible late. Winds SW at 10 knots.
Tuesday...VFR with MVFR/IFR snow possible. Winds southeast 5 to 10 knots.



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Mpx watches/warnings/advisories...
Minnesota...none.
WI...none.
&&

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Short term...clf
long term...speed
aviation...clf

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