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FXUS64 KLUB 292044

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lubbock TX
344 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Midday water vapor imagery captured a twin-lobed upper cyclone
across NM, and a modest warm conveyor belt of clouds and light rain
from the northern Panhandle south to the western Permian Basin. This
axis of lift was collocated along sharp 500mb thermal packing ahead
of a robust cold pocket. Despite this satellite presentation, IR
data showed cloud top temps within the warm conveyor were steadily
warming as confirmed by a gradual shrinking/decay of precip and rain

As the upper low tracks from near Ft Sumner, NM to Perryton, TX by
daybreak Sunday, mid-level drying will envelop more of the South
Plains and Rolling Plains behind the current axis of light rain.
Farther NW near the upper low and deformation zone, precipitation
should prove more definitive in both time and space. Thermal
profiles here are likely to resume all snow toward sunset as modest
insolation ceases. However, marginal ground temps and mostly light
snowfall rates do not bode well for causing public travel impacts,
so we have opted to leave winter wx advisory headlines stored in the
attic for now. After midnight, abundant stratus will begin to lose
ground to increasing subsidence from SW-NE, so despite breezy NW
winds all night the stage is still set for a light freeze for the
western South Plains northeast into much of our southern Panhandle.

Northwest gradient flow will sharpen considerably by Sun morning as
the upper low deepens about 130 meters in 9 hours. Subsequent
northerly LLJ of about 50 knots will focus across our NE zones by
Sun morning, so wind advisory speeds are a good bet. Midnight
forecast shift will have a better idea of how much real estate these
30+ mph winds will affect, so a wind advisory will be delayed until
then. Otherwise, chilly NW flow under full sun still looks to keep
temps well below normal with generally lower 60s on tap.

By Sunday evening, the upper low responsible for this weekends cool-
down should be positioned near the Kansas City Metro area leaving NW
flow aloft West Texas.  The first of a series of embedded shortwaves
approaches on Tuesday followed by a sharper shortwave into
Wednesday.  Guidance now suggests that this second trough will
strengthen into a full fledged low along the western Gulf Coast.  As
this occurs late this week, a high amplitude ridge will build along
the Rockies drifting to the central Plains on Sunday.

Windy conditions on Sunday will taper during the evening hours with
Westerly winds returning on Monday.  Thanks to the aforementioned
disturbance, a weak cold front should move at least part-way through
the area on Tuesday followed by a stronger front on Wednesday
morning.  While there may be some regional rain/thunder, by in large
most of the guidance (and climatology) points to the best chances to
our north and east.  The northerly flow behind the front should
persist into early Friday morning thanks in part to the
cyclogenesis well to our east before southerly flow returns for
the weekend.


Freeze Warning from 8 PM this evening to 9 AM CDT Sunday for



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