Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
FXUS64 KFWD 011135
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Fort Worth TX
535 AM CST Thu Dec 1 2016
Minimal aviation concerns through the current TAF period with VFR
conditions and south winds around 10 kts or less.
Surface high pressure across eastern TX has resulted in light and
variable winds this morning, but persistent south-southeast winds
should ensue with daytime heating/mixing. With southerly flow
returning today, so will low-level moisture. A swath of MVFR/IFR
cigs should develop across the Hill Country and into West TX
overnight and Friday morning, but expect all of this low stratus
to remain well to the west of area TAF sites. Just outside of the
current TAF period on Friday afternoon, cloudiness should increase
across North and Central TX and some scattered rain showers will
For the upcoming weekend, a long-lived IFR/MVFR event is expected
with mist/drizzle/light rain continuing from Friday night into
Sunday followed by some thunderstorm chances on Monday.
.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 327 AM CST Thu Dec 1 2016/
After a cold and dry start to the morning with most locations in
the 30s, upper level high pressure will build to the east today and
low level warm air advection will ensue. Afternoon highs will warm
into the 60s under a sunny sky. The increase in low level moisture
will yield a warmer night with lows generally in the 40s.
Big changes will begin to take shape across the western CONUS
Friday with the development of a strong low pressure system.
Initially North and Central Texas will only see an increase in
cloud cover Friday along with a few afternoon showers. Large
scale upward vertical motion will increase Friday night as a 130
knot jet sets up on the east side of a deep upper low centered
over Northern Mexico. Rain will become widespread across the
entire region Friday night through Saturday as large scale and
isentropic lift increase. Mid level instability through the
weekend will be meager and will therefore limit thunderstorm
development. However, an isolated storm or two will still be
possible. The widespread cloud cover and light rain along with a
thin layer of cool air at the surface will result in a very cool
day Saturday with a very small diurnal change in temperatures.
Afternoon highs Saturday will be generally in the 40s and lower
Rain chances will decrease from northwest to southeast Saturday
night through Sunday as the upper low translates to the east and
displaces the best jet dynamics into South Texas. The upper low
is still forecast by the models to lift northeast across the
region on Monday and bring another chance of rain along with a
slightly better chance of thunderstorms. Precipitation chances
will end from west to east Monday night as large scale subsidence
increases behind the departing upper low.
Tuesday will be a transition day as low level warm air advection
briefly returns in response to another developing western U.S.
low pressure system. This system will remain more progressive
than the weekend system with most of the energy plaguing the
northern half of the country. As the upper trough moves into the
Central Plains Wednesday it will send a strong cold front into
North and Central Texas. The air behind this cold front should be
some of the coldest we have seen this season with lows Wednesday
night most likely falling into the 20s for much of the region.
Since low level moisture will not have much time to move into the
region ahead of the cold front, we will keep PoPs brief and low
Wednesday and end all precipitation chances well before the sub-
freezing temperatures arrive.
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Dallas-Ft. Worth 63 46 64 48 51 / 0 5 20 70 80
Waco 62 44 63 48 50 / 0 5 30 70 80
Paris 60 39 61 44 48 / 0 5 10 60 80
Denton 62 43 61 45 49 / 0 5 20 70 70
McKinney 61 42 62 46 49 / 0 5 10 60 80
Dallas 63 47 64 48 51 / 0 5 20 70 80
Terrell 62 42 63 47 50 / 0 5 10 70 80
Corsicana 64 44 65 48 51 / 0 5 20 70 80
Temple 63 45 62 48 51 / 0 5 30 70 80
Mineral Wells 64 43 60 45 49 / 0 5 20 70 70