Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS North Platte, NE

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
1150 PM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

Issued at 455 PM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

At H5 Upper closed low over eastern Wyoming with winter storm over
northern plains. Closed low off florida coast and closed low
over the southern Hudson Bay with storm moving across Northeast


.Forecast...(This evening through Thursday)
Issued at 455 PM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

Widespread to heavy snow continues over all of warned area. Nam is
performing fairly well and have used a blend with GFS for the
forecast. Had some reports over southwest Nebraska of freezing
precipitation early this afternoon but threat has diminished. Have
continued highlights tonight through Friday. Upper low over
eastern Wyoming with energy rotating to the northeast across
western Nebraska. Enhanced area of mid level forcing from
Valentine back towards Alliance with one to two inch per hour
snowfall rates. Continued definite snow over night with
diminishing snow and pops through the day on Friday. Some
indications of negative epv to the east with some convectively
enhanced echoes over central Nebraska. Highs Friday in the 20s
with diminishing snow and increasing north winds as skies begin to
clear form north to south and west to east. Highs in the 30s and
40s through Wednesday and basically dry.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
Issued at 1145 PM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

Snow continues to fall across much of western and north central
NEB as a winter storm impacts the Central Plains. Conditions
continue to be poor across the local forecast area with IFR-MVFR
visibility being reported due to falling and blowing snow. A few
locations in north central NEB are reporting LIFR visibility and
that`s attributable to where the band of heaviest snow is.
Ceilings presently are IFR to MVFR.

Periods of snow can be expected the rest of tonight. Snow will
start tapering off in the morning to the south and east with snow
expected to end by early-mid afternoon. Northeast winds with
gusts to 30-35 mph will prevail rest of tonight, strongest gusts
over north central NEB. Winds will begin to diminish in the early
afternoon tomorrow across western NEB then across north central
NEB in the mid-late afternoon. Improvements in visibility are
expected to take place mid-late morning, followed by improvements
in ceilings in the afternoon. VFR conditions expected to return to
all of western and north central NEB in the early to mid evening.


Winter Weather Advisory until 6 PM CST /5 PM MST/ Friday for

Winter Storm Warning until 6 PM CST /5 PM MST/ Friday for



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