Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Goodland, KS

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FXUS63 KGLD 032320
AFDGLD

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
420 PM MST WED FEB 3 2016

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 225 PM MST WED FEB 3 2016

ARCTIC AIR WILL BE IN PLACE TONIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY BEFORE
EXITING OFF TO THE EAST. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL DROP INTO
THE LOWER SINGLE DIGITS IN NORTHWEST KANSAS AND SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA
WITH BELOW ZERO TEMPERATURES EXPECTED ON EASTERN COLORADO. WIND
CHILLS WILL DIP BELOW MINUS 15 DEGREES MAINLY IN EASTERN COLORADO
WITH PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST KANSAS ALSO POSSIBLY SEEING THESE WIND
CHILLS. WINDS WILL BECOME WESTERLY OVERNIGHT AND WILL BE 5 TO 12
MPH. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE CWA.
FOR THURSDAY...WIDESPREAD SNOW COVERAGE WILL CONTINUE TO INFLUENCE
THE DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURES WITH HIGHS ONLY EXPECTED TO REACH
THE UPPER 20S TO LOW 30S.

.LONG TERM...(THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY)
ISSUED AT 115 PM MST WED FEB 3 2016

MODELS CONTINUE TO SHOW LIGHT SNOW DEVELOPING WITH THE NEXT FAST
MOVING SHORTWAVE TROUGH COMING OUT OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES
THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY. BEST CHANCES WILL BE IN THE NORTHWEST
PART OF THE AREA WITH SNOW AMOUNTS LESS THAN ONE INCH. SHORTWAVE
RIDGE WILL THEN MOVE ACROSS THE REGION FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY
WITH DRY CONDITIONS. ANOTHER SHORTWAVE TROUGH DIVES ACROSS THE
NORTHERN PLAINS SATURDAY NIGHT. QVECTOR CONVERGENCE SUGGESTS
SYNOPTIC SCALE LIFT WILL BE SHORT LIVED AND WEAK...WITH BETTER
FORCING IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEBRASKA. MOISTURE WILL ALSO BE
LIMITED. SO WILL NOT INCLUDE ANY CHANCES OF PRECIPITATION AT THIS
TIME. REMAINDER OF THE LONG TERM PERIOD WILL BE A TEMPERATURE
FORECAST AS A LARGE RIDGE BUILDS OVER THE GREAT BASIN AND TROUGH
OVER THE EASTERN CONUS...LEAVING THE CENTRAL CONUS UNDER BROAD
NORTHERLY OR NORTHWEST FLOW. TEMPERATURE FORECAST WILL BE TRICKY.
EVEN WITHOUT THE LINGERING INFLUENCE OF THE SLOWLY MELTING SNOW
FIELD THERE COULD BE A LARGE WEST TO EAST GRADIENT AS DISTURBANCES
IN THE UPPER FLOW FURTHER EAST SEND COLD SURGES AIR SOUTHWARD. GFS
AND ECMWF ARE IN POOR AGREEMENT ON HOW FAR WEST THESE SHALLOW COLD
AIR MASSES COULD EXTEND. HOWEVER THINK THE SNOW FIELD WILL BE THE
BIGGEST PLAYER IN THE TEMPERATURES AND PREFER TO ERR ON THE COOLER
SIDE OF GUIDANCE AT THIS TIME.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 00Z TAFS THROUGH 00Z THURSDAY EVENING)
ISSUED AT 420 PM MST WED FEB 3 2016

FOR KGLD AND KMCK...VFR THROUGH THE PERIOD. WINDS AT BOTH SITES
GENERALLY FROM THE NORTHWEST NEAR 10KTS AT TAF ISSUANCE...BACKING
A BIT TO THE WEST NEAR 10KTS OR SO FROM 03Z THROUGH THE REST OF
THE TAF PERIOD. KGLD WINDS AFTER 23Z WILL BECOME A BIT MORE
SOUTHWESTERLY AT 5KTS. GENERALLY SKC CONDITIONS OVERNIGHT WITH
SOME HIGH CLOUDS MOVING IN FROM THE NORTHWEST THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

&&

.GLD WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
KS...WIND CHILL ADVISORY FROM 11 PM MST /MIDNIGHT CST/ THIS EVENING
     TO 8 AM MST /9 AM CST/ THURSDAY FOR KSZ001-013-027.

CO...WIND CHILL ADVISORY FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM MST THURSDAY
     FOR COZ090>092.

NE...WIND CHILL ADVISORY FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM MST THURSDAY
     FOR NEZ079.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM...TL
LONG TERM...024
AVIATION...99


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