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FXUS66 KOTX 290540

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Spokane WA
1040 PM PDT Thu Jul 28 2016

Friday will be hot with a subtle increase in afternoon winds. A
dry cold front passage Saturday will create breezy conditions
and increased risk for spreading grass fires. Another windy cold
front will be possible on Monday. Temperatures will be cooler
Sunday into next week with an occasional threat for showers and
thunderstorms in and around the northern mountains.


This evening: As of 2PM...a stable layer is keeping a lid on
convection within the boundary of Washington and Idaho. Hi-res
models continue to support the idea of little to no convection
this afternoon aside from an isolated cell over the Pasayten
Wilderness and mountains surrounding Lake Chelan. The upper-level
disturbance we have been tracking is just crossing into NW WA so
until this feature passes through, I will inclined to keep a
slight mention until dark. If any storms develop, heavy rain will
be the main concern followed by secondary threats of small hail
and gusty winds. Skies will clear after dark with another mild and
dry night in store. Temperatures should be near or warmer tonight
compared to last night.

Friday through Saturday night: The trough of low pressure
currently over the gulf of AK will swing into BC then dig south
into the Pac NW. This will usher a dry cold front through the
region Friday night into Saturday elevated the risk for spreading
wildland fires as windy conditions combine with low humidities.

Winds will not pick up until later Friday with the most notable
speeds Friday evening squeezing through the Cascade Gaps and
around Wenatchee. However, temperatures will be hot Friday topping
out in the mid to upper 90s and lower 100s. Isolated t-storms will
be possible along the immediate Canadian Border but confidence is
low to very low with little to no change with instability

Saturday will be our main concern for critical fire weather
conditions. As the trough digs south, a surface low deepens over
southern Alberta and high pressure strengthens over the west side.
A classic pattern for windy conditions across the region as
pressure gradients between Portland and Kalispell increase toward
10-13 mb. This will NOT be damaging winds by any means with
sustained winds of 10-20 mph and potential wind gusts only in the
18-28 range...but will pose a fire weather threat as the winds
combine with humidities in the lower teens. As such, a fire
weather watch has been issued with the afternoon package. At this
time, we left out the eastern Basin (Spokane-Palouse) thinking
winds will not be as strong but will need to watch model trends
and see how this evolves in the next 24 hours because confidence
is moderate to high that humidities will be dry enough. Afternoon
highs on Saturday will be cooler than Friday but not by much as
850mb only cool 1-2C equating to widespread 90s. Winds will
decrease after sunset but remain breezy Saturday night which
should help keep overnight lows on the warm side of normal.

Sunday through Friday:
A series of troughs will push through the region for this period.
The first will be on Sunday night. The models have begun to shift
this low further north and diminishing the chance of showers of
the Northern counties for the region. This has also weakened the
winds that was previously forecasted as the gradient is not as
strong. Wind gust across the Columbia Basin are expected to be in
the area of 20MPH.

After a short lived weak ridge for most of Monday, another Low
will begin to move into the region Tuesday night. Its track is
north along the Canadian border. Models are in fairly good
agreement with the timing and location of this system. The main
impacts from this system will be the strength of the winds along
the Columbia Basin and Central Cascade valleys and thunderstorms
in the Northern Cascades and Northern mountains especially over
burn scars. The winds are expected to be sustained around 20 with
gusts up to 30 mph. The thunderstorms can produce a large amount
of precip in a short time. this could produce some localized flash
flooding over the burn scars. As for the rest of the region,
partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid 80s to low 90s
expected. /JDC


06Z TAFS: VFR conditions expected at all TAF sites through 06Z
Saturday. Isolated thunderstorms will be possible near the Canadian
border of eastern WA late Friday afternoon and evening. Drainage
winds will be stronger Friday evening at KEAT with gusts to between
20-25 kts possible. /SVH


Spokane        68  95  67  92  59  82 /  10   0   0   0   0   0
Coeur d`Alene  64  94  65  91  57  82 /  10  10   0   0   0   0
Pullman        57  94  65  91  52  81 /   0   0   0   0   0   0
Lewiston       68 102  69  99  62  89 /   0   0   0   0   0   0
Colville       60  96  64  94  56  84 /  10   0   0   0   0  10
Sandpoint      57  90  63  92  53  79 /  10  10   0  10   0  10
Kellogg        59  92  64  90  53  78 /  10  10   0   0   0   0
Moses Lake     64  99  66  94  60  87 /   0   0   0   0   0   0
Wenatchee      73  99  64  93  64  86 /  10   0   0   0   0   0
Omak           71  99  65  95  62  86 /  10   0   0   0   0   0


WA...Fire Weather Watch from Saturday afternoon through Saturday
     evening for East Washington Central Cascade Valleys (Zone
     677)-East Washington Northern Columbia Basin (Zone 673)-
     East Washington South Central Cascade Valleys (Zone 676).


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