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FXUS64 KFWD 182205

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Fort Worth TX
405 PM CST Sat Feb 18 2017


Another very warm late winter day is in progress across North and
Central Texas with temperatures climbing well into the 70s and
lower 80s across the region. Earlier cloud cover across the
eastern and northern parts of the CWA has mostly eroded over the
last couple of hours and temperatures have responded nicely in
places like Paris and Bonham. A look outside of the window reveals
some thickening cirrus clouds moving in from the west which is
also noted on visible satellite imagery. This serves as a visual
indication that changes are on the way.

A closer look at surface observation data reveals surface
pressures are falling across much of the Southern Plains with
4.5mb/3hr pressure falls occurring across far West Texas. These
pressure falls are in response to an approaching strong upper
level low which is currently moving into far northwest Mexico.
This system will be responsible for scattered showers and
thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow night.

For tonight...strengthening southerly flow will spread rich Gulf
moisture northward resulting in a rapid moistening of the lowest
2000ft of atmosphere. Widespread low clouds and areas of fog are
expected to develop late tonight through much of Sunday morning.
The deep moisture and initially weak ascent may result in some
areas of drizzle or very light rain through midday.

A large elevated mixed layer will be in place across much of North
and northwest Texas early Sunday and the resulting capping
inversion will initially be quite strong through midday. As we get
into the afternoon hours...much stronger forcing for ascent will
spread into the region helping to lift the inversion. A fairly
well defined warm sector should be in place by mid afternoon with
steep lapse rates aloft associated with the elevated mixed layer.
This should result in surface based instability around 1500 j/kg
Sunday afternoon. All of the available high resolution guidance
...with the exception of the 3km NAM...suggests that
thunderstorms will develop by late afternoon into the evening
hours mainly west of I-35 along an eastward moving dryline. This
initial activity will have the potential to be severe...including
supercells with a hail/damaging wind threat. Deep layer shear
will be strong with 50+kt through 6km...although it will be
unidirectional and feature a veer-back-veer profile. This suggests
that the tornado threat may be somewhat limited...except for
areas where low level flow can remain backed. That threat appears
to mainly be northwest of the Metroplex late Sunday afternoon into
the evening. Given the mainly unidirectional wind profiles this
convective activity should tend to congeal into one or more lines
late Sunday evening into the overnight hours. With waning surface
instability...the severe threat should diminish overnight.

During the overnight hours...the main concern will be locally
heavy rainfall as the whole system progresses eastward. Right now
given the progressive nature of the upstream flow...we don`t
anticipate any stalling of convective elements...although the deep
south to north flow could allow for some training echoes that
could dump 2"/hr in some areas as the main line moves east. This
could cause some localized minor flooding issues across parts of
North Texas.

The whole system is expected to move east of the area on Monday
with precipitation ending from west to east. The remainder of the
forecast will remain dry with above normal temperatures through
mid week. A late week system will send a cold front through the
area on Friday although moisture appears to be too limited for



/ISSUED 1228 PM CST Sat Feb 18 2017/
/18Z TAFs/

This morning`s low clouds pushed into Northeast Texas, and only
some passing mid/high clouds are expected the remainder of the
afternoon. A surface trough northwest of the Metroplex will veer
the winds this afternoon but will also steadily reduce speeds.
This boundary may sag south into the I-20 corridor this evening,
briefly shifting the winds to the northeast, but speeds should be
light enough to preclude a switch in flow at DFW and Love Field.
In general, light easterly surface winds should dominate
overnight before becoming southeasterly before daybreak.

In advance of an approaching storm system, a low-level jet will
quickly surge moisture into Central Texas tonight. The lingering
moisture in East Texas may advect into the Metroplex long before
the southerly surge arrives. A stout inversion above this moist
advection will keep it confined to a shallow layer and will result
in steadily falling ceilings. Drizzle or spits of rain will be
possible with some reduction in visibility. IFR conditions will
likely prevail throughout the morning and into the afternoon
hours. Afternoon showers may precede more intense convection,
which will likely arrive in the Metroplex just beyond the current
30-hr TAF.



Dallas-Ft. Worth    59  74  60  73  52 /   5  40  80  30   5
Waco                60  75  59  73  50 /  10  40  80  50   5
Paris               55  75  60  70  52 /   5  20  80  70  10
Denton              56  72  58  74  49 /   5  40  80  20   5
McKinney            56  73  60  73  51 /   5  30  80  40   5
Dallas              59  74  61  73  53 /   5  30  80  30   5
Terrell             58  77  61  72  52 /   5  30  80  60  10
Corsicana           61  77  61  72  53 /  10  30  90  70  10
Temple              61  76  59  73  51 /  10  40  80  50   5
Mineral Wells       54  72  55  76  48 /   5  50  60  10   0



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