Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KLBF 261152 AAA

Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service North Platte NE
652 AM CDT Wed Apr 26 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 251 AM CDT Wed Apr 26 2017

Light snow or flurries over western Nebraska early this morning are
expected to end by sunrise as the upper closed low over the Dakotas
shifts east. Tight surface pressure gradient will keep strong
northwest winds over western Nebraska today with clearing skies from
southwest to north central through the day. Temperatures rising into
the 50s over southwest Nebraska again today with mid 40s north in
the stronger cold air advection and where clouds linger through the
day. Increasing clouds from the west tonight with a wave moving out
of Montana. Some weak lift through the early morning but low level
moisture limited. Have left forecast basically dry over the
southwest but have a mix over the eastern Nebraska Panhandle late.
Clearing skies and cold air advection continuing over night
temperatures to fall into the mid 20s to around 30 over most of
western Nebraska. Time of the year no highlights carried for

.LONG TERM...(Thursday through Tuesday)
Issued at 251 AM CDT Wed Apr 26 2017

Active weather continues on Thursday as a series of shortwaves pivot
across the central Plains. For the most part, rain will be only
major concern with these systems as severe/thunderstorm potential
will be low. At this time, most locations will see a total of a half
inch to one inch of new rainfall through Saturday. The only other
concern for these systems will be the chance for snow across
portions of the forecast area during the early morning hours. Snow
development will depend mostly on how much cold air can filter into
the region and how far south the cold air can push. At this time,
the best chance for most locations to see snow will be early
Saturday morning as overnight lows drop into the upper 20s and low
30s. For Friday morning, snow chances will be confined to the
northern half of the forecast area as temperatures will remain too
warm across the south. At this time, snow accumulations will be
light. A total of around an inch is possible Friday morning and
under a half inch on Saturday morning across the eastern Panhandle.
Even though there`s a better chance for snow Saturday morning due to
the colder temperatures, less precipitation is forecasted which will
limit the snow totals.

A brief dry period returns for Sunday and Monday as weak upper level
ridging builds across the central US. Dry weather will be
accompanied by a warming trend as well for Sunday and Monday. After
several days of highs only in the upper 40s and low 50s,
temperatures will rise into the 50s on Sunday and the 60s on Monday.

Precipitation chances return for Tuesday and Wednesday as an upper
level trough digs into the northern and central Plains. Temperatures
will be warm enough by mid-week to keep all precipitation as rain.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Thursday morning)
Issued at 648 AM CDT Wed Apr 26 2017

Some ifr ceilings over northern Nebraska early this morning with
mvfr ceilings over southern Nebraska. Flurries will diminish in
the vicinity of KTIF. Skies will clear from the west and southwest
through noon with mostly cloudy skies lingering over north central
Nebraska KONL through the late afternoon. Northwest winds
diminishing over western Nebraska today as surface high pressure
builds in.




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