Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KGLD 291141

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Goodland KS
541 AM MDT Sat Apr 29 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Monday night)
Issued at 351 AM MDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Focus is on developing winter storm and the possibility for
significant impacts this weekend.

Upper low is currently centered over Four Corners with SE flow ahead
of this feature. RAP analysis matches WV imagery showing PV
height anomaly over TX panhandle spreading north with large plume
of deep moisture spreading northeast within SW flow over our CWA.

This morning-this afternoon: A surge of CAA is still shown by
guidance to spread out of the Northern plains and the upper low
shifts northeast and deepens. There may be a period of subsidence
that spreads north behind trop fold and creates a lull at some point
in intensity. However there is adenoidal frontogenetical forcing
shown to linger with shortwave trough rotating northward (just east
of main upper level system. Coverage, rain/snow line, and impact of
warm ground temperatures are huge question marks for me through this
afternoon. Based purely on model QPF and wet bulb profiles we could
end up with 6" or more on grassy surfaces by this afternoon, however
ground temperatures would cause a lot of melting and coverage may
not be as consistent and larger scale models may indicate. At the
very least we are already seeing light accumulations in part of our
CWA on grassy surfaces, so light to moderate accumulations seems
likely through the afternoon. Impacts may be minimal.

Tonight-Sunday: This is the period of most concern as the upper low
is shown to shift towards SW KS and deepen, with a consistent signal
by available guidance. This places our CWA in an ideal location for
TROWAL/deformation zone. Narrow axis of instability may also help
intensification and narrowing of this band and models are showing
the potential for very high snow amounts. SREF plume mean from 21Z
run is 20" or higher with lower end of members clustering near
the 6-8" range. Again, ground temperatures will play a role here
but if we achieve rates of 1-3" per hour this should easily
overcome warm road/ground temps and allow for rapid deterioration
of travel conditions. These heavy amounts could also cause major
problems for trees as may have developed foliage and raises
concerns for widespread power outages. I am nowhere near confident
in those higher amounts (due to melting/rain mixing), but I can`t
rule out a narrow corridor of those higher amounts occurring.
6-10" totals appear more likely at this time.

Monday-Monday night: Subsidence should bring dry conditions, and air
mass should begin to moderate (though snow complicates temps if
enough accumulates). A quick moving jet streak may bring a shot of
precip late Monday night, but current trend is favoring non

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Friday)
Issued at 235 AM MDT Sat Apr 29 2017

During the long term period chances for precipitation will be
Tuesday into Wednesday afternoon. There will be a trough that will
dip down into Colorado and the High Plains that will bring moisture
to the region. Current guidance shows rain showers possible through
that period, but does not have much for instability. So, there was
no mention of storms. This could possibly change, but if it does
severe storms are not likely.

Thursday and Friday will dry out with the exiting of that low
pressure system to the east. Upper level flow shifts to the
northwest, with a strong ridge in place over the western CONUS.

Temperatures during the period will be in the 50s Tuesday and
Wednesday. Then increase to the 60s on Thursday and the 70s on


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Sunday morning)
Issued at 541 AM MDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Light to moderate snow and rain will overspread northwest Kansas
and southwest Nebraska through the afternoon, with moderate to
heavy snow and blowing snow developing this evening and
continuing through the end of the TAF period. Confidence is high
in IFR conditions prevailing through the entire TAF period at
KGLD, with periods of brief improvement this afternoon. IFR
conditions may be delayed at KMCK as better moisture stays just
south until this evening IFR will then be likely once the
transition to all snow occurs. Deterioration of flight conditions
will occur as the heavy band develops at both terminals, and at
least LIFR cigs appear likely at KGLD. I would not be surprised
if we didn`t see a period of vis 1/2sm or less after 06Z through
Sunday morning. I`m just not sure when or if this will only be a
temporary restriction at the terminals and opted to maintain
optimistic conditions for now.


KS...Winter Storm Warning from 7 PM this evening to 7 PM CDT Sunday
     for KSZ002>004-014>016-029.

     Winter Storm Warning until 6 PM MDT /7 PM CDT/ Sunday for KSZ001-

CO...Winter Storm Warning until 6 PM MDT Sunday for COZ091-092.

NE...Winter Storm Warning from 7 PM this evening to 7 PM CDT Sunday
     for NEZ080-081.



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