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FXUS63 KGID 172027 CCA

Area Forecast Discussion...CORRECTED
National Weather Service Hastings NE
227 PM CST Fri Nov 17 2017

...Above Normal Uncertainty Tonight as We See the First Semi-
Decent Chance of Precip Since Late Oct...

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday)
Issued at 227 PM CST Fri Nov 17 2017

Potentially Hazardous Weather: there is a low risk for a narrow
band of minor snow accum.

Aloft: 12Z upr-air/aircraft data and GOES derived winds showed
WSW flow over the Cntrl Plns with a fairly potent +tilt shortwave
trof from MT-ID-NV. This trof will cross the CWA tomorrow AM
followed by NW flow.

Surface: A cool front has been sagging S thru the CWA and was
near the Neb-KS border. This front will cont S and be near I-70 by
sunset. Wrn USA high pres will begin building in tonight and a
piece of this high will break off and emerge onto the Plns
tomorrow afternoon.

Rest of this afternoon: most locations now seeing m/sunny skies.
Temps svrl degs above normal for mid Nov.

Tonight: Becoming cldy. The incoming trof will have a strong
pulse of -divQ/strong upr-lvl forcing/ascent to supplement/
coincide with strong mid-lvl Fgen. As is typical in these
situations...the models are all over the place with their narrow
(1-2 county wide) bands of heavier QPF/precip...ranging from the
Sandhills to the Neb/KS state line.

In general...we will see bands of -RA develop. Wetbulb cooling
above the BL will lower the temp profile to or just below frzg.
That leaves the lowest roughly 1000-1800 ft of slightly above frzg
air for melting. We could see the rain mix with or briefly change
to snow over S-cntrl Neb...N and W of a line from Alma-Hastings-
Columbus. This is a very marginal situation (rain vs snow).

If snow does fall...current expectation is that its wet nature...
the warm ground...and light intensity will keep accum little or
none. is possible that ascent could be strong enough
in a narrow band or two for snow to come down heavy enough to
briefly change completely over to snow for a couple hrs. That
would result in some cosmetic coating (up to 1"?)...primarily on
grassy areas.

Current belief is that the models with heavier QPF (0.25 to 0.5")
are overdone given the quick-hitting nature of this system.

Situations like this (small-scale...short in duration) are
notoriously difficult to fcst. It should be stated that while the
probability appears to be very cannot be completely ruled
out that we see a narrow stripe of 1-2" of wet snow over part of
the CWA. It`s impossible to know where though the greatest chance
of this occurring would be where sfc/BL temps are coldest (N of a
line from Alma-Hastings-Columbus).

Lows will be in the 30s. NNW winds will increase to 15-25 kts
after midnight with gusts up to 30 kts at times.

Sat: The precip should be done by sunrise as the trof will be E
of the CWA. Clds will decrease in the AM with just a few stratocu
around in the afternoon. Windy with highs in the 40s...except near
50 over N-cntrl KS. NW winds 20-25 kts with gusts up to 35 kts.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Friday)
Issued at 211 PM CST Fri Nov 17 2017

Potentially Hazardous Weather: Near critical fire wx conds are
possible over Rooks/Osborne/Mitchell Counties Sun.

Pattern: While there are model diff`s in amplitude...the longwaves
will feature a Wrn ridge/Ern trof over the CONUS. This means NW
flow over the Plns. This is a dry pattern and means a continuation
of the dryness we`ve seen since early Oct.

Temps: warmer than normal...except for Tue-Wed when temps will be
near normal behind a cold front that moves thru Mon night.

Fire Wx: fcst guidance maintained the possibility of near critical
conds over the far Srn fringe of the CWA. Winds are marginal

Thxgvg Travel Wx: Looking very good Wed-Thu. Dry wx.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z KGRI/KEAR TAFS through 18Z Saturday)
Issued at 1153 AM CST Fri Nov 17 2017

Significant Wx: A period of IFR VSBYs likely in RA/SN tonight.

This Afternoon: GRI remains MVFR but this stratocu will exit E
shortly resulting in VFR for the rest of the afternoon with no
clds at or below 10K ft. EAR has been VFR since 16Z. N winds 10-15
kts. Confidence: High

Tonight: VFR to start with increasing/descending clds. CIGs should
lower to MVFR as a period of RA/SN moves thru with VSBYs possibly
as low as 2SM for 1-3 hrs. There is considerable uncertainty on
where the narrow bands of RA form and move...and temps will be
right on the threshold for SN. It is likely SN will be brief and
it may not even occur at all. N winds increase to 20-30 kts.
Confidence: Low

Sat thru 18Z: MVFR CIGs will probably linger until mid-morning
then becoming VFR/clearing. A few CU should form especially after
18Z. N winds 22-35 kts. Confidence: Medium




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