NWS Forecast Discussion

Below is the latest Forecast Discussion from the National Weather Service for our area. It gives great insight into why the forecasters are making the predictions they are listing in the "zone forecasts" around the area, as well as some additional information about how the overall "big picture" of the weather systems are affecting us. Sometimes, very specific information is available here that is not available, or otherwise generalized, in the public forecast.

Forecast Discussion for MPX NWS Office
000
FXUS63 KMPX 232105
AFDMPX

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
405 PM CDT Sun Apr 23 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Monday)
Issued at 405 PM CDT Sun Apr 23 2017

A few showers and thunderstorms are possible on Monday as we
transition to a more active weather pattern across the Upper
Midwest. The instability is very low, only a couple hundred J/kg
at best, so no severe weather is expected. This matches up well
with SPC outlook of only general thunder. Areas to the northwest
will be cooler than areas to the southeast.

Early afternoon satellite imagery together with surface obs and
radar showed a stationary front across the region with rain and
snow falling on the cool side of the boundary. Over the next 24
hours this front will gradually lift northward as a warm front,
but mid level clouds will develop which should keep Monday`s
temperatures from getting out of control despite the strong
dynamic mixing of the boundary layer. This mixing will create
breezy conditions, with gusts near 30 mph expected by late
morning.

HiRes models continue to show a few showers and possibly some
thunderstorms for Monday afternoon as an upper level shortwave
trough moves across the region. The heaviest precip will tied to
the warm front across northern MN, so only have around 20 to 30
percent chance for seeing precip in our area.

.LONG TERM...(Monday night through Sunday)
Issued at 405 PM CDT Sun Apr 23 2017

There appears to be two systems that impact much of the area
throughout the long term, one Tuesday/Tuesday night and the other
next weekend although there is an option for a third Wednesday
depending how things shake out. Regardless, we will be on the
cold side of each of these systems and will be regressing back to
early spring in the temperature department.

Any showers with the Monday system should slide off to the east
during the evening with a brief break until the next system
arrives Tuesday. NAM/ECMWF remain on the northwest side of the
guidance envelope with the rain shield whereas the GFS/GEM
focus more across Iowa into northern WI. Regardless of where the
heaviest rain falls, it does appear much of srn/ern MN and wrn WI
will see at least something out of this, so continued the upward
trend in PoPs.

That piece of energy will lift northeast Tuesday night with
another embedded in the southwest flow aloft arriving to the mid
or upper Mississippi valley Wednesday. How this feature kinks the
baroclinic zone to the southeast will determine where the low
tracks and where the heaviest rain will fall. Best chances with
this one look to remain near the baroclinic zone itself, but the
Canadian (and to a lesser degree the ECMWF and to an even lesser
degree GFS) show some negative tilt to the system and thus
a potentially healthy slug of cold sector precip, similar to
Tuesday`s set up. The risk of this occurring is relatively low,
so continued the 30-50 PoPs.

High pressure will build in Thursday night into Friday before the
next system for the weekend heads into the southern Rockies/
southern Plains. All operational guidance shows a healthy system
eventually heading northeast across the Midwest, but timing has
been problematic for several runs.

There may be enough cold air from midweek onward for at least some
snow with any of these systems, but inconsistent temporal and
spatial precip/temperature patterns make it impossible at this
point to assess the true risk. Most snowfall from mid April onward
is quite difficult to forecast more than a day out.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday afternoon)
Issued at 138 PM CDT Sun Apr 23 2017

VFR conditions throughout. The low clouds and precipitation tied
to a stationary front should remain north of the TAF sights.
Overnight the front will lift north as a warm front and strong
southerly winds will develop along with some mid level clouds.

KMSP...
VFR conditions throughout. Light and variable winds for the next
few hours, but they should take on a more consistent southeasterly
direction overnight. By late morning gusts will be near 30 kts on
Monday.

/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/
Tue...MVFR/-SHRA with IFR possible. Wind NW at 15G25kt.
Wed...MVFR. Wind N at 10G15kt.
Thu...MVFR with -SHRA possible. Wind N at 10kt.


&&

.MPX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WI...None.
MN...None.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...JRB
LONG TERM...BORGHOFF
AVIATION...JRB

NWS MPX Office Area Forecast Discussion