Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KLBF 242006

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
206 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

Issued at 208 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

At H5 closed low moving into Pacific Northwest...dirty ridge into
northern Rockies and closed low that brought snow to western
Nebraska over Omaha with snow finished over western Nebraska.


.Forecast...(This evening through Thursday)
Issued at 208 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

Snow has ended over western Nebraska this afternoon. Strong north
winds continue to drift snow in open areas but no reductions to
visibility with blowing snow. Fair amount of snow over northern
Nebraska with lesser amounts into southwest Nebraska. Mostly
cloudy tonight will help to cap heat loss. Have below zero at KVTN
with single digits over northwest. Remainder of the area in the
teens. Skies begin clearing through the day on Saturday from
southwest to northeast with temperatures rising into the upper 20s
north and 30s south with zonal pattern aloft with Pacific air
moving across western Nebraska Lows in the single digits and teens
again Saturday night into Sunday. An upper trough moves across the
northern plains Saturday night. Temperatures will rise into the
30s Sunday behind the trough as upper ridge and Pacific air move
across western Nebraska. Upper ridge sharpens ahead of deepening
trough over the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures rise into the
upper 30s to upper 40s ahead of an upper trough moving through the
northern plains Monday night into Tuesday with schc -s retained.
Schc -s south again Wednesday with another wave moving through the
central plains. Northwest flow developing late week with
temperatures in the 40s and some 50s south. and schc precip as
waves drop southeast across the northern plains in fast northwest
flow. Nothing real organized.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon)
Issued at 1121 AM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

Northerly winds will continue to wind down this afternoon across
western and north central Nebraska as a powerful upper level low
tracks into Iowa. Ceilings will continue to lift this afternoon at
both the KLBF and KVTN terminals. VFR ceilings are expected this
afternoon into the evening hours with HTS ranging from 12000 to
20000 FT AGl. Skies will gradually scatter out tonight with
CIGS around 20000 FT AGL.


Issued at 208 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

North Platte River at North Platte starting to rise towards action
stage with releases from Lake McConaughy.




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