Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KGLD 232348

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Goodland KS
548 PM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This afternoon through Friday)
Issued at 339 PM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017

Early afternoon WV imagery and RAP analysis shows a trough becoming
negatively tilted near the Four Corners Region. SW diffluent flow
extends across the plains ahead of this upper trough. At the surface
lee trough is deepening with a trough axis near our northern CWA
and a dry line and possible warm front just south of our CWA.

This afternoon-evening: Mesoanalysis shows weakening CIN and axis of
2500 J/KG SB CAPE east of CO state line. Axis of 50-75 kt effective
bulk shear extends along the CO border. As cap is weakening we are
beginning to see CU field developing along and east of surface low
pressure. Short range guidance (RAP/HRRR) are showing thunderstorm
initiation along CO border within the hour, and increasing
coverage/possible mergers through the early evening. Shear profiles
at least within the effective layer are linear in nature, however as
LLJ increases around 00Z we may see low level veering (particularly
along warm front/trough axis) which could allow super cell
development. Greater concern will be for large hail and damaging
winds (particularly damaging winds due to high storm bases and
dry air masses). DCAPE values are already in the 1000-1500 J/KG
range. Due to the very high shear environment and possibility for
dry air entrainment/precip loading (based on moisture profiles)
raises the possibility for isolated gusts in excess of 80 mph.

Late tonight-Friday: Upper low closes off and deepens and is showing
by guidances to track near southern Kansas border (there are
variances). As has been the case guidance shows best precip coverage
across our NW CWA where occlusion/deformation zone sets up and
moderate to heavy rainfall will be possible. Wet bulb profiles on
GFS/ECMWF are borderline on rain/snow mix, however in our far west
we should see a change over in the 09-15Z time frame and a mix can`t
be ruled out in counties adjacent to CO border. I couldn`t rule out
moderate snow accumulations in our far west, however ground
temperatures are very warm and I am unsure how persistent the
snowfall would be. NAM is a cold outlier, but it should be noted it
shows the possibility for predominately snow spreading into NW
Kansas/SW Nebraska (similar conditions to eastern CO). GFS and ECMWF
do show temperature profiles cooling over NW KS during the day as
upper low transitions east, but this is separated from main precip
axis in the west.

It is worth noting that unless we see showers/isolated thunderstorms
fill in near upper low center, our southeast CWA may not receive any
precipitation Friday due to a dry slot moving from the southeast to
northwest. I trended PoPs down for those locations.

Regarding Wind/Winter Weather Highlights: Mixed layer winds should
support at least 60 mph along and west of the CO state line late
tonight and Friday (west to east progression in winds increasing). I
have less confidence in winds furthest east towards Hwy 83 and SW
Nebraska due to position on main wind max. I went ahead and upgraded
watch to High Wind Warning, but could see the counties east and
north remaining just below criteria. Where snow occurs (more likely
west) these winds should combine to crease blowing snow/near
blizzard conditions. Confidence was lower in the east due to better
consistency with GFS/ECWMF. I was also unsure of duration of
possible white out conditions, so decision was made to issue Winter
Weather Advisory for our eastern Colorado counties. We will need to
monitor trends, and make adjustments as necessary.

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 1241 PM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017

Several wx systems set to affect the Tri State region for the
extended period. The first will occur Friday night as wrap-around
moisture from exiting system will mainly affect northern zones thru
06z Saturday. Second system will be a quick moving shortwave for the
latter portion of the upcoming weekend into Sunday night. A large
cutoff H5 low then swings into the southwest portions of the country
by Tuesday shifting eastward into the Southern Plains into Thursday.
High pressure set to affect the region in between affecting systems.

For Friday night...CAA accompanying the wrap-around moisture will
keep a rw/sw mix or all -sw for NE Colorado as temps slide into
the 30s. Areas east of the Colorado border will see light rain as
temps do not drop to see any changeover before precip exits. For
the end of the weekend system...temps will remain in a range to
keep all areas as light rain showers. QPF expectations will reach
possibly in a range of 0.10-0.20" for these two systems combined.

The prolonged nature of the upcoming mid week system for next
Tuesday into Thursday will bring in ample Gulf moisture for a 0.75-
1.00" potential QPF range with some localized higher amounts...
especially west of Highway 83. Colder air wrapping into area Wed
night into Thursday will bring best chances for snow showers to mix
with expected rain. Light accumulation possible for western zones.

For temps...near to above normal highs expected with a range from
the mid 50s to the mid 60s...warmest timeframes on Saturday and next
Monday which do coincide with surface ridging arriving before
shortwaves. Overnight lows will drop into the 30s for most nights.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Friday evening)
Issued at 533 PM MDT Thu Mar 23 2017

KGLD and KMCK will have multiple aviation impacts during the TAF
period. During the remainder of the afternoon into to the evening
hours, both terminals will have the potential for thunderstorms.
Both terminals could see gusty winds through the evening hours.
KMCK is expected to see is LLWS during the overnight hours of 02z
to 05z from the south around 40 to 45 kts.

Widespread rain chances are expected to develop into the overnight
hours and continuing through the remainder of the TAF period.
KGLD could see a rain/snow mix Friday morning into the afternoon
hours. With this rain and rain/snow chances over both terminals,
strong winds are expected. Gusty north winds will engulf both
locations at around 40 to 50 kts.


KS...High Wind Warning from 6 AM MDT /7 AM CDT/ to 6 PM MDT /7 PM
     CDT/ Friday for KSZ001-002-013-014-027-028-041-042.

     Red Flag Warning until 7 PM MDT /8 PM CDT/ this evening for

CO...Red Flag Warning until 7 PM MDT this evening for COZ252>254.

     High Wind Warning from 3 AM to 6 PM MDT Friday for COZ090>092.

     Winter Weather Advisory from 3 AM to noon MDT Friday for

NE...Red Flag Warning until 7 PM MDT this evening for NEZ079.



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