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FXUS63 KGLD 011017
AFDGLD

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
317 AM MST SUN FEB 1 2015

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY AND TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 314 AM MST SUN FEB 1 2015

LATEST SATELLITE AND UPPER AIR ANALYSIS INDICATE AN UPPER LEVEL
RIDGE BUILDING ONTO THE WEST COAST WITH A CLOSED LOW OVER NORTHERN
MEXICO AND A LONG WAVE TROUGH OVER THE PLAINS.  AHEAD OF THE LONG
WAVE TROUGH WAS A LARGE EXPANSE OF CLOUDS.  AT THE SURFACE A COLD
FRONT WAS MOVING SOUTH THROUGH THE PLAINS.  BEHIND THE FRONT SNOW
HAD ENDED OR WAS COMING TO AN END AND NORTH WINDS WERE GUSTING TO
ALMOST 40 MPH.

DRY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY DUE TO DRY AND STABLE
NORTHWEST FLOW OVER THE AREA.

THIS MORNING THE WINDS WILL INCREASE SOME MORE AS THE STRONG LOW
LEVEL JET IS ABLE TO MIX DOWN TO THE GROUND.  THE STRONGEST WINDS
WILL BE OVER THE EAST HALF OF THE AREA.  THE STRENGTH OF THE WINDS
WILL NOT CHANGE MUCH THROUGH THE DAY.  MEANWHILE THERE WILL BE SOME
LINGERING SNOW OVER THE FAR NORTHEAST PART OF THE AREA...WHICH WILL
EXIT THE AREA BY MID MORNING.  DUE TO STRONG CAA BEHIND THE FRONT...
TEMPERATURES WILL WARM VERY LITTLE TODAY.

THIS EVENING TEMPERATURES WILL HIT BOTTOM THEN BEGIN TO WARM AS WAA
MOVES INTO THE AREA BEHIND A SURFACE RIDGE PROGRESSING SOUTHEAST.
THE STRONG WINDS FROM THE DAY WILL BECOME LIGHT BY EARLY EVENING.


.LONG TERM...(MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY)
ISSUED AT 314 AM MST SUN FEB 1 2015

TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO WARM MONDAY AND TUESDAY.  HIGHS WILL
BE WELL ABOVE NORMAL BUT REMAIN BELOW ANY RECORDS.


A COLD FRONT BACKS INTO THE FORECAST AREA FROM THE NORTHEAST EARLY
WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH A SMALL DIURNAL RANGE OF TEMPERATURES
EXPECTED DURING THE DAY ON WEDNESDAY.  THE UPPER LEVEL SHORT WAVE
TROUGH EXPECTED TO MOVE THROUGH THE CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS REGION IN
THE AMPLIFYING NORTHWEST FLOW ALOFT ON WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
EVENING LAGS BEHIND THE FRONT MOVING ACROSS THE REGION...BUT SHOULD
PROVIDE ENOUGH LIFT TO PRODUCE A BAND OF SNOW THAT EXTENDS NORTHWEST
TO SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA AS IT ALSO PROGRESSES
SOUTHWARD. CURRENT EXPECTATIONS ARE FOR A MAXIMUM OF 1-2 INCHES OF
SNOW THAT WILL END AFTER MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

DRY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE FORECAST
PERIOD AS THE COLDER AIR MOVES EAST OUT OF THE REGION ON THURSDAY
AND THE UPPER RIDGE OVER THE WEST COAST MOVES INTO THE INTERMOUNTAIN
REGION.

TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO WARM THROUGH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AS
THE UPPER RIDGE MOVES EAST OVER THE ROCKIES AND HIGH PLAINS REGION
AS IT IS ALSO FLATTENED BY SEVERAL SHORT WAVE IMPULSES MOVING
THROUGH THE APEX OF THE RIDGE.  TEMPERATURES WILL MODERATE SOMEWHAT
THROUGH THE WEEKEND AS A DIRTY FLOW ALOFT IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE AN
INCREASE IN CLOUD COVER ALONG WITH ANOTHER WEAK COLD FRONT POSSIBLY
MOVING THROUGH THE AREA ON SUNDAY.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 06Z TAFS THROUGH 06Z SUNDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 1028 PM MST SAT JAN 31 2015

FOR BOTH TAF SITES...MVFR/IFR MIX AS CEILINGS WILL RANGE FROM
OVC005-015 WITH VISIBILITY RANGING 2-6SM IN SN/BLOWING SNOW AS
FRONT TRAVERSES REGION. BY 12Z SUNDAY...MVFR WITH -SHSN AND
OVC015-025. BY 18Z SUN...VFR WITH BKN050 BECM FEW050. WINDS
NORTHERLY 15-30KTS THRU 00Z THEN NW AROUND 10KTS.


&&

.GLD WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
KS...NONE.
CO...NONE.
NE...NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...JTL
LONG TERM...LOCKHART/JTL
AVIATION...JN



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