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Displaying AFOS PIL: AFDDMX Received: 2018-01-12 21:41 UTC

FXUS63 KDMX 122141

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
341 PM CST Fri Jan 12 2018

.SHORT TERM.../Tonight through Saturday/
Issued at 339 PM CST Fri Jan 12 2018

Weak short wave energy will drop south through South Dakota and 
Nebraska tonight with some modest vertical ascent within the mid 
level moisture field. Surface flow originating from the large Arctic 
high pressure moving south from the Dakotas will keep profiles quite 
dry below 850 mb. A few flurries are possible west of Interstate 35 
but not much else precipitation wise. Afternoon temperatures remain 
quite cold and generally in the 3 to 12 above range. Main challenges 
for tonight will be increasing clouds from the west northwest then 
timing of clearing over the north. The clouds will provide some 
insulation and will keep temperatures from falling as much as in the 
clearing regions. The northern one third to one half of Iowa should 
be clearing by late tonight into Saturday morning to allow 
temperatures to fall into the 5 to 15 below range and combined with 
northernly winds of 5 to 10 mph, will drop wind chill values into 
the 20 to 30 below range. Will be issuing a wind chill advisory for 
these regions and generally encompasses areas along and north of 
Highway 30. 

The Arctic high pressure will pass across Iowa on Saturday and will 
continue the clearing skies and cold temperatures. High temperatures 
will be near to slightly warmer than today. 

.LONG TERM.../Saturday night through Friday/
Issued at 339 PM CST Fri Jan 12 2018

The short wave that will bring light snow to portions of the Midwest 
Saturday night into early Sunday is tracking more to the southwest 
and will be minimal impact to the area outside light snow potential 
over the far southwest. Any accumulations will be an inch or less. A 
more significant short wave and Arctic boundary will arrive late 
Sunday into Sunday night. The majority of the kinematic forcing 
associated with the upper short wave will move across Minnesota and 
Wisconsin, however, a portion of the energy will move through 
central and northeast Iowa. In addition the exit region of the upper 
level jet will be focused across Iowa and will create additional 
vertical ascent. A deep dendritic layer will develop with this 
system from the surface to near 13 kft and will promote dendritic 
growth. The moisture profiles are a bit unorganized and the 
separation between this system and another moving through western 
Nebraska and Kansas may cause a precipitation split over central and 
southwest Iowa. As of now, snowfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are 
possible especially over the northeast forecast area and lesser 
amounts elsewhere. The wind cold become a factor as well with wind 
gusts of 35 mph or greater will be possible as the Arctic air 

The arrival of the Arctic air and expected winds will bring 
extremely cold wind chill values to the area by Sunday night through 
Tuesday morning. Wind chill values of 20 to 35 below will be common 
by Monday morning with little improvement through the day. Wind 
chill values may approach 40 below over northern Iowa by Monday 
night into Tuesday morning. Wind chill headlines are anticipated 
through this period. Little to no significant weather is forecast 
through the remainder of the extended. The cold upper trough across 
the region will break around Wednesday followed by a transition to 
more zonal to southwest flow by Friday and should bring high 
temperatures back into the 30s and 40s to end the period. 


.AVIATION.../For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon/
Issued at 1145 AM CST Fri Jan 12 2018

VFR conditions are expected through the forecast period. Mostly
clear skies to begin the period followed by some mid level clouds
in the 6-9 kft range later this afternoon through Saturday
morning. Breezy northerly winds will persist.


Wind Chill Advisory from 9 PM this evening to 10 AM CST Saturday 
for IAZ004>007-015>017-023>028-033>039-047>050.



SHORT TERM...Donavon
LONG TERM...Donavon