Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS64 KAMA 281104

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Amarillo TX
604 AM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017

VFR conditions will start the 12Z TAF period. However as we
progress toward the end of the TAF period, MVFR/IFR conditions
will be likely at all TAF sites. West and southwest winds
throughout the day will transition into a more north and
northeasterly flow as we go past 00Z Saturday. Winds throughout
the day will be between 15-20 kts with gusts over 25 kts at times.
This will be reduced to 10-15 kts after 00Z Saturday. Winds will
then pick up out of the north after 06Z Saturday from 20-25 kts
with gusts over 30 kts. Our next weather system will be moving
east-southeast across all TAF sites with precipitation starting
at KDHT/KGUY around 00Z and KAMA between 06 and 09Z. Introduced
-RASN for KDHT near the end of the TAF period. Cigs will also be
 MVFR/IFR as we approach 06Z Saturday for all TAF sites.



.PREV DISCUSSION... /Issued 523 AM CDT Fri Apr 28 2017/

As T.S. Eliot said in 1922, "April is the cruelest month."

A potent mid-level low pressure center is expected to bring
accumulating snows to the northwest part of the Combined Texas and
Oklahoma Panhandles Saturday and Saturday night.  At this time
the higher elevations of Cimarron County Oklahoma look favored to
receive a significant snowfall.  We have issued a Winter Storm
Warning for snow for this western-most county of the Oklahoma
Panhandle, with a winter storm watch for adjacent counties.

For today however, the potential for a few strong to severe
thunderstorms will exist for the southeast Texas Panhandle this
evening as pooling moisture behind a cold front will be augmented
by a mid-level shortwave trof.  Rain and a few thunderstorms can
be expected tonight across the Panhandles.

Strong north winds tonight will bring freezing temperatures and
the potential for light snow to mix in with the rain in the

As the mid-level low moves through New Mexico and tracks across
the northwest and north part of the forecast area, strong north
winds will continue Saturday and Saturday night.  Isentropic lift
will assist in precipitation production.

By Sunday morning, precipitation is expected to diminish in
intensity as the mid-level low departs.  Freezing temperatures
will likely occur across northern and western sections.  Rain
showers may occur Sunday afternoon across mainly northeast

Following one last freeze on Monday morning, more typical spring-
like temperatures are expected through Thursday.



.AMA Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
TX...Winter Storm Watch from Saturday morning through Sunday morning
     for the following zones: Dallam...Hartley...Sherman.

OK...Winter Storm Watch from Saturday morning through Sunday morning
     for the following zones: Texas.

     Winter Storm Warning from 7 AM Saturday to 7 AM CDT Sunday for
     the following zones: Cimarron.



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