Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
618 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Monday)
Issued at 339 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

A vigorous shortwave trough which brought rain and snow to the
area today is in the process of translating through the mid MO
Valley this afternoon with large-scale forcing for ascent expected
to diminish through this evening. As a result, ongoing light
showers across the northern half of the CWA should, likewise,
diminish from south-to-north late this afternoon into early
evening. Later tonight into Saturday, strengthening frontogentical
forcing and low-level moisture flux will yield the northward
expansion of precipitation into the mid MO Valley. A few
thunderstorms are possible Saturday afternoon into evening across
southeast NE and southwest IA, while a mixture of rain and snow
could occur early Saturday across northeast NE.

Saturday night into Monday, a significant synoptic cyclone will
advance from the southern High Plains to upper Midwest with the
associated low-level circulation tracking through the southern
part of the forecast area. We continue to see slight differences
amongst deterministic model guidance with respect to where the
associated deformation precipitation axis (and resultant potential
for some accumulating snow) will set up. Currently, it appears
that our northwest counties will be most likely to experience a
couple of inches of snow, mainly Sunday night into Monday. A
mixture of rain and snow could affect all but our far southwest IA
counties during that time frame.

In addition to the snowfall potential, the prolonged period of
precipitation could result in storm-total rainfall amounts
approaching 2.0-2.5 inches; consistent with latest WPC guidance.
Temperatures --especially daytime highs-- will be unseasonably
cool through the weekend into Monday, before gradually warming
thereafter.

.LONG TERM...(Monday night through Friday)
Issued at 339 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

A deep-layer cyclone over the Great Lakes at the onset of the
extended range will weaken while shifting east ahead of the next
mid-level trough amplifying over the central CONUS. After a brief
period of dry weather Monday night through Tuesday night,
precipitation chances will increase by Wednesday in conjunction
with the former weather disturbance mentioned above.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday evening)
Issued at 615 PM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

Generally expect improving conditions the next few hours with
ceilings improving to VFR at least for KOFK and KOMA. KLNK may not
see quite as much improvement. Then conditions will deteriorate
Saturday as the next weather system moves in. Ceilings and
visibilities should drop to IFR at least at KLNK and KOMA by late
Saturday morning.

&&

.OAX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NE...None.
IA...None.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...Mead
LONG TERM...Mead
AVIATION...Miller


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