Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS64 KSHV 201134

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Shreveport LA
534 AM CST Tue Feb 20 2018

Low vfr to ocnl mvfr cigs across area with a few shra in the ktxk
terminal area. Elsewhere, most cigs to rise to vfr by 20/15-18z
with south winds 10 to 15 kts and gusty increasing to around 15 to
25 kts this aftn, and may continue thru 21/03z before gradually
diminishing. Unstable airmass may yield scattered convection in
aftn, especially across se OK/sw AR. However, more widespread
convection associated with cold front arriving around 21/06z at
ktyr, kggg, and ktxk. This front will move across most of area,
but possibly not thru kmlu terminal, by 21/12z. N-ne winds will
increase to around 10 kts by 21/12z, with cigs into mvfr and
possible ifr, with heavy rainfall possible./07/


.PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 358 AM CST Tue Feb 20 2018/

..A period of Moderate to Heavy rainfall for portions of the Four-
State Region remains the focus for this forecast package...

A northwest Pacific UA low has moved onshore and has progressed
eastward to near the Central/Southern Rockies early this morning,
though it has sheared out a bit. With UA ridging across the
southeast CONUS, the Four-State Region has been experiencing
sharpening southwest flow aloft. Breezy and gusty southerly winds
persisted at the sfc and though at times wind speeds have dropped to
below Lake Wind Advisory criteria, it will be short-lived as a
tightened pressure gradient will return later this morning. As
such, have elected to extend the Lake Wind Advisory through 6 pm
CST this evening. The southerly sfc flow has not only promoted a
rather mild start to the morning /temps in the 60s and 70s per
10Z/, but it will also encourage rich Gulf moisture to continually
envelope the region. PWATs have ranged from 1.00-1.50 inches this
morning, with the highest moisture content noted across portions
of northeast TX, southeast OK and southwest AR. Weak embedded
disturbances within the flow aloft shifting across the aforementioned
areas coupled with a high moisture content, makes it no wonder
that isolated to scattered showers and a few thunderstorms have
ensued mainly near/north of the I-30 corridor. Rainfall is light
but roadways may be wet thus could result in slick roadways.

Late this morning/early this aftn, the UA trough will continue to
shear out whilst lifting northeastward to across the High Plains.
Its associated cold front will be nearing southeast OK and
extreme northeast TX and is expected to impinge the said areas by
this evening. Concurrently, PWATs will increase further to
between 1.15-1.80 inches and computer models continue to hint at
the cold front being a focus for linear showers and thunderstorms.
By early this evening, a line of showers and thunderstorms will
have developed and stretch from north central TX to across extreme
northeast TX, southeast OK and portions of southwest AR. The
rather moist atmospheric profile and the anticipated slow movement
of the cold front may result in training precip thus posing a
risk for Flash Flooding as moderate to heavy rainfall takes place.
Tonight into tomorrow morning, the moderate to heavy rainfall
will commence to expand/spread to additional portions of northeast
TX, east TX and southwest AR and into northwest LA. As the front
gradually shifts southeastward across the CWA tomorrow aftn-early
Thursday morning, so will the moderate to heavy precip. By
Thursday mid-morning the best large scale ascent will be fleeting
and as such, should see rainfall amounts lighten up. The cold
front is exhibited to not quite clear the FA and in fact will
return as a warm front on Thursday causing PWATs to remain
relatively high, though precip will gradually shift northward with
the warm front with best POPs being noted along and north of the
I-20 corridor by Friday.

Rainfall will return to the remainder of the Four-State Region by
this weekend as yet another UA trough across the western CONUS
ejects northeastward across the Central Plains. Another fropa is
poised for Sunday and it will usher in a drier airmass which will
slowly bring about the end of the precip /with perhaps some
lingering precip across central and southern LA/. All in all we are
in for a rather wet period for the next several days. The Weather
Prediction Center has projected 7 day rainfall totals of the
following: 8.00-10.00 inches across some of extreme northeast TX,
southeast Ok and southwest AR, 6.00-8.00 inches across portions of
east TX, northeast TX southeast OK and southwest AR, 4.00-6.00
inches across portions of east TX, northwest LA and southwest AR,
3.00-4.00 inches across portions of deep east TX to across central
and northeast LA and less than 3.00 inches elsewhere. Of course
the Flash Flood Watch will remain in effect aross southeast OK,
portions of east TX and southwest AR for now, as additional
counties and parishes will likely be added as we progress
throughout the rain event. Be sure to stay up-to-date with the
latest weather information.

Another above normal warm day is expected today /middle to upper
70s to lower 80s/ with once again some locales possibly flirting
or breaking daytime temp records. The cool down will commence
tomorrow with the onset of precip and the front and so daytime
temps is anticipated to fall to the 50s and 60s by Thursday. This
will however be short-lived as the retreating warm front results
in highs in the 60s and 70s by Friday-Saturday. Ongoing precip
this weekend and extensive cloud cover will have temps settle in
around the 60s by late weekend into early next week.


SHV  81  65  65  54 /  60 100 100  90
MLU  84  68  72  57 /  20  40 100  90
DEQ  77  46  51  46 /  90 100 100  80
TXK  78  53  55  47 /  70 100 100  90
ELD  80  62  63  49 /  40 100 100  90
TYR  76  50  55  51 /  90 100 100  80
GGG  79  56  59  52 /  60 100 100  90
LFK  80  65  71  60 /  60  80 100  90


AR...Lake Wind Advisory until 6 PM CST this evening for ARZ050-051-

     Flash Flood Watch from this evening through late Wednesday night
     for ARZ050-051-059>061-070-071.

LA...Lake Wind Advisory until 6 PM CST this evening for LAZ001>006-

OK...Lake Wind Advisory until 6 PM CST this evening for OKZ077.

     Flash Flood Watch from this evening through late Wednesday night
     for OKZ077.

TX...Lake Wind Advisory until 6 PM CST this evening for TXZ096-097-

     Flash Flood Watch from this evening through late Wednesday night
     for TXZ096-097-108>112-124>126-136>138-149-150.


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