Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Spokane, WA

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FXUS66 KOTX 281742
AFDOTX

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Spokane WA
942 AM PST SAT FEB 28 2015

.SYNOPSIS...
Dry and cool this weekend with gusty winds expected today.  A
weather system will pass through Monday into early Tuesday with
light wintry weather possible, especially for the Idaho Panhandle.
Much colder air will move into the area behind this system with
temperatures well below average for the middle of next week. A dry
period, with moderating temperature will follow for the end of
next week.

&&

.DISCUSSION...
Forecast generally on track this morning with gusty winds
continuing down the Purcell Trench and Columbia Basin as well as
the Okanogan Valley. General speeds look to remain below advisory
limits with the exception of far southeastern Adams County near
Washtucna. A CWOP observation platform is measuring sustained
winds 35-45 mph with gusts in excess of 50 mph. This appears to
be a local effect of the cooler dense air squeezing down the
Palouse River Valley with surrounding observations in Adams and
Whitman Counties experiencing winds 15-25 mph and gusts to 35 mph.
As such, will handle with a nowcasts given the localized nature of
these speeds.

&&

.AVIATION...
18Z TAFS: VFR conditions can be expected at all TAF sites through
12z Sunday. Winds will become gusty and locally strong with a
general north to northeast winds of 10 to 20kts with gusts 20 to
25kts at all TAF sites except KLWS. Winds wane aft 00z below 10kts
and remain light through 18z Sun.  /sb




&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Spokane        41  19  42  25  39  21 /   0   0   0   0  30  20
Coeur d`Alene  41  17  44  23  40  18 /   0   0   0   0  50  50
Pullman        41  20  42  27  40  21 /   0   0   0   0  40  30
Lewiston       45  24  45  29  44  25 /   0   0   0   0  30  20
Colville       45  21  47  26  43  22 /   0   0   0  10  20  20
Sandpoint      39  17  41  22  38  17 /   0   0   0  10  60  50
Kellogg        37  18  41  24  37  16 /   0   0   0   0  70  70
Moses Lake     49  23  48  28  48  25 /   0   0   0   0  20  10
Wenatchee      49  28  49  32  48  25 /   0   0   0  10  20  10
Omak           48  24  49  28  46  23 /   0   0   0  10  20  10

&&

.OTX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
ID...None.
WA...None.
&&

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