Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS66 KOTX 191835
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Spokane WA
1035 AM PST FRI DEC 19 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
A more active weather pattern will continue into early next week.
Another weather system will bring snow to the mountains with
mainly rain for the valleys tonight into Friday. A stronger storm
Saturday into Sunday will bring mainly rain for the valleys...as
well as mountain snow with rising snow levels. Temperatures are
expected to remain above average through early next week...before
dropping down towards normal values by Christmas Day.


&&

.DISCUSSION...
Morning update: the cold front continues to push east across the
region this morning and should clear the WA/ID border by 00Z (4
PM). A swath of precipitation continues across Whitman county
north along the Spokane/Kootenai county border and east into the
Panhandle. Over the next 2-3 hours models push the main
precipitation threat toward ID/WA border eastward and dissipating
across the mountains tonight. The main exception where it is
expected to hold on farther west is out across Whitman county, but
this too should at least be on a waning trend. So tonight looks
relatively dry, but this will be short lived as the next warm
front starts to lift in from west-southwest and bring the next
round of wet weather. The threat comes toward the Cascades late
overnight and envelops the region throughout the day Saturday. /J.
Cote`


&&

.AVIATION...
18Z TAFS: A front shifts east through this afternoon, providing
areas of light to moderate rain across the eastern TAF sites (GEG
to COE and PUW/LWS). Look for some MVFR/VFR conditions through the
day, then a return to IFR/lcl MVFR conditions later this evening
and tonight, with a threat of rain re-developing after about
15-17Z. Farther west, IFR conditions will linger across MWH. They
may break out briefly late, with the next threat of rain and more
low clouds coming in here and around EAT late. /J. Cote`

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Spokane        43  33  40  38  46  36 /  70  10  90 100  50  20
Coeur d`Alene  42  33  39  36  44  36 / 100  20  80 100  70  50
Pullman        44  34  42  40  50  41 /  80  10  90 100  70  60
Lewiston       46  33  45  42  54  43 /  70  10  70 100  70  70
Colville       39  32  36  34  41  31 /  60  20 100  90  50  20
Sandpoint      37  32  37  34  40  34 / 100  30  90 100  70  60
Kellogg        38  31  38  34  41  36 / 100  40  90 100 100  90
Moses Lake     42  34  41  39  47  36 /  10  10  90  50  30  20
Wenatchee      42  32  37  37  45  36 /  10  20 100  60  40  20
Omak           38  30  34  34  39  32 /  10  20 100  80  30  20

&&

.OTX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
ID...None.
WA...None.
&&

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