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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Hastings NE
603 PM CST Thu Dec 8 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday)
Issued at 254 PM CST Thu Dec 8 2016

The main forecast highlights in the short term is the cold
tonight, warmest day on Saturday and then cold and snow possible
on Sunday.

Surface high pressure will slide overhead tonight, causing light
winds with mostly clear skies through at least the first half of
the night. Overnight lows will drop into the single digits, but
with the lack of wind...wind chill temperatures will not be quite
as cold as those experienced this morning. Wind chill values will
be between 0 and 10 below zero across the area.

Friday will be slightly warmer than today with some return flow
and a blanket of cloud cover across most of the area. Highs in the
mid to upper 20s are expected.

With the continued southerly flow throughout the day Saturday and
plentiful cloud cover, temperatures are expected to be in the 30s
with some low 40s in Kansas possible. This will be the warmest day
of the forecast period. There is a small chance of some light
precipitation early in the morning Saturday that could impact
portions of central Nebraska, but confidence on how this will play
out is fairly low and if there is any snow that falls, it is not
expected to accumulate.

The next cold front is expected to traverse the area Saturday
night into Sunday. This front will bring another shot of cold
air. The latest few runs have shifted the main energy moving in behind
the cold frontal surge southward, thus increasing the chances for
snow during the day Sunday and into Sunday evening. Still the best
chances are across mainly Nebraska, but the whole area could see
snowfall Sunday. The latest snow forecast is less than the
overnight forecast (currently less than 1 inch across the area),
but would caution that it is still just over 3 days out and as
the guidance gets a better handle on it, confidence in the
forecast and snowfall amounts will improve.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Thursday)
Issued at 254 PM CST Thu Dec 8 2016

The work week is largely going to be cold...bitterly cold. Monday
will be warmer, but not as warm as Saturday is expected to be.
Then another arctic cold front is expected to plow southward
through the region Monday night into Tuesday. Currently there are
very small chances of snow as the front moves through, chances
will be better east of the area. Confidence is low on any
precipitation, but it is high on yet another cold surge. Similar
to what we are experiencing the second half of this week. Highs on
Tuesday are expected to be in the teens and 20s with 20s on
Wednesday and Thursday. Overnight lows will largely be in the
single digits.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z KGRI/KEAR TAFS through 00Z Friday evening)
Issued at 545 PM CST Thu Dec 8 2016

VFR conditions will persist throughout the TAF valid period. The
wind will be light and variable tonight and then become southerly
for the day on Friday. Mid level clouds will move into the region
during the day on Friday with decreasing heights through the
afternoon. However, cloud bases should remain VFR through 00Z
Friday evening.




SHORT TERM...Billings Wright
LONG TERM...Billings Wright
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