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FXUS63 KLBF 262118
AFDLBF

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
318 PM CST WED NOV 26 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
ISSUED AT 318 PM CST WED NOV 26 2014

H5 ANALYSIS FROM THIS MORNING HAS A CLOSED LOW OVER
NUNAVUT WITH A TROUGH EXTENDING SWD INTO THE SERN CONUS. A COUPLE OF
UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCES WERE NOTED OVER KENTUCKY AND NRN MO. STRONG
WINDS WERE NOTED IN THE MID LEVELS AS A 90+KT H5 JET STREAK EXTENDED
FROM WESTERN MT INTO SWRN KS. AT THE SURFACE...LOW PRESSURE WAS
PRESENT OVER NRN MO WITH A COLD FRONT EXTENDING SOUTH AND WEST OF
THE LOW INTO THE OZARKS AND TX PANHANDLE. COLD AIR BEHIND THE FRONT
HAS BACKED TO ALONG THE FRONT RANGES OF THE ROCKIES IN COLORADO AND
WYOMING. LOOKING AT THE H7 THERMAL FIELD...A DECENT FRONTAL BOUNDARY
EXTENDED ACROSS THE PANHANDLE AND EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN NEBRASKA. THE
H7 FRONT...COUPLED WITH THE H5 JET STREAK...HAS LED TO LIGHT SNOW
ACROSS THE PANHANDLE AND NORTHEASTERN COLORADO THIS AFTERNOON. SKIES
WERE MOSTLY CLOUDY ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA THIS
AFTERNOON. TEMPERATURES AS OF MID AFTERNOON RANGED FROM 25 AT ONEILL
TO 34 AT NORTH PLATTE AND OGALLALA.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 318 PM CST WED NOV 26 2014

LOW TO MID LEVEL FRONTOGENETIC BAND CURRENTLY
ACROSS SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA IS SHOWN BY THE HIRES NEAR TERM MODELS TO
BECOME LESS DEFINED THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AS THE ATMOSPHERE LOSES
SATURATION IN THE DENDRITIC GROWTH ZONE.  THE HRRR SEEMS TO BE
HANDLING THE CURRENT SITUATION WELL...THUS THE FORECAST WAS TRENDED
IN THAT DIRECTION WITH SNOW ENDING ACROSS OUR SOUTHWEST THIS
EVENING.  THE LATEST HRRR DOES SHOW ANOTHER PUSH OF LOWER LEVEL
MOISTURE THIS EVENING...THUS THE REASON OF EXTENDING A SNOW MENTION
INTO THIS EVENING.  ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA THIS
EVENING...BUFR SOUNDINGS SHOW DEEP SATURATION...WHICH AT TIMES
REACHES INTO THE DGZ...WHATS MISSING IS DEEP LIFT...BUT THERE ARE
INDICATIONS OF AT LEAST WEAK OMEGA.  PREVIOUS FORECAST HANDLED THIS
POTENTIAL WITH --SN...WILL DO THE SAME.

OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL BE CHILLY...WITH LESS MIXING IN MIND OVERNIGHT
LOWS SHOULD BOTTOM OUT IN THE TEENS ACROSS THE EAST...WITH LOWER 20S
OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE WEST.

TOMORROW...A GENERAL WARMING AND DRYING TREND IS FORECAST BY ALL
AVAILABLE GUIDANCE AS SFC HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS OFF TO THE EAST AND A
LEE TROUGH DEEPENS TO THE WEST.  SOUTHERLY...TO WESTERLY FLOW WILL
ADVECT WARMER H85 TEMPS ACROSS THE REGION...WITH OUR FAR WESTERN &
SOUTHWESTERN ZONES TOPPING 10C BY 00Z FRIDAY.  THIS SHOULD PROVIDE
FOR TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWER 60S ACROSS SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA AND THE
EASTERN PANHANDLE.  THERE WILL REMAIN A SHARP GRADIENT OF
TEMPERATURES AS ONE HEADS EAST.  ACROSS THE HEART OF THE SANDHILLS
HIGHS IN THE 40S AND 50S SHOULD PREVAIL...TO THE EAST OF
THERE...ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA...HIGHS MAY STRUGGLE TO REACH
INTO THE MID 30S...OWING THE PRESENCE OF PERSISTENT STRATUS AND
COOLER AIR RECYCLED FROM THE DEPARTING HIGH.  YOUR THANKSGIVING
FORECAST IS DRY AS THE TROPOSPHERIC COLUMN IS SHOWN TO DRY ON
THURSDAY.

.LONG TERM...(THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY)
ISSUED AT 318 PM CST WED NOV 26 2014

MID RANGE...THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY...IN THE
MID RANGE...UNSEASONABLY WARM AND DRY CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED...WITH THE MAIN FORECAST CHALLENGE BEING HIGH TEMPERATURES
FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. FOR THURSDAY NIGHT...A WARM FRONT WILL
CONTINUE TO LIFT NORTHEAST OF THE AREA INTO NORTH DAKOTA AND
MINNESOTA. A WEAK SURFACE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE WILL DEVELOP ACROSS
THE HIGH PLAINS OF NEBRASKA AND KANSAS OVERNIGHT LEADING TO LIGHT
WESTERLY WINDS. OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL BE ON THE MILD SIDE FOR THIS TIME OF
YEAR WITH READINGS AROUND 25 FORECAST FOR FRIDAY MORNING. WITH LIGHT
WESTERLY WINDS FORECAST...WENT WITH SOME LOWER 20S IN THE PLATTE
RIVER VALLEY. FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT...WARM H85 TEMPS WILL PUSH
INTO THE REGION WITH H85 TEMPS RANGING FROM 8 TO 16C. THIS WILL
RESULT IN HIGHS WELL INTO THE 50S TO MIDDLE 60S FRIDAY AFTERNOON. ON
FRIDAY NIGHT...LOWS WILL BE MILD WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 20S
TO LOWER 30S EXPECTED. ON SATURDAY...AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL PUSH
INTO THE DAKOTAS...ENDING UP SOMEWHERE IN SOUTH DAKOTA BY 00Z
SUNDAY. THE EURO SOLN IS MOST AGGRESSIVE WITH THE FRONT BEING ALONG
THE SD/NE BORDER BY THIS TIME. THE NAM AND GFS ARE SLOWER AND HAVE
THE FRONT OVER CENTRAL AND NORTHERN SD DURING 00Z SUNDAY.
REGARDLESS...THE FRONT WILL BE NORTH OF THE FORECAST AREA BEFORE
PEAK HEATING. WITH THE APPG FRONT AND H85 TEMPS REACHING THE MIDDLE
TO UPPER TEENS SAT AFTN...HIGHS WILL SURGE INTO THE 60S AND MAY
APPROACH 70 IN THE SOUTHWEST. RECORDS FOR SATURDAY ARE IN THE MID
70S FOR VALENTINE AND IMPERIAL...AND 71 FOR NORTH PLATTE AND 69 FOR
BROKEN BOW RESPECTIVELY.

LONG RANGE...SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY...A STRONG ARCTIC
FROPA WILL PUSH THROUGH THE FORECAST AREA SATURDAY NIGHT. FORECAST
WILL CONTINUE TO BE DRY BEHIND THE FRONT WITH THE BEST FORCING OVER
NORTH DAKOTA AND NRN MINNESOTA. H85 TEMPS BEHIND THE FRONT SUNDAY
WILL RANGE FROM -13C IN THE NORTH TO -7C IN THE SOUTH. WITH DECENT
NORTHERLY WINDS AND MIXING HIGHS WILL STRUGGLE TO GET OUT OF THE 20S
SUNDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL MODERATE SOME MONDAY...WITH A BETTER
WARMUP EXPECTED ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. BY WEDNESDAY...THE
PRECIPITATION FORECAST BECOMES MORE OF A CHALLENGE THANKS TO SPLIT
FLOW. THE LATEST GFS AND ECMWF HAVE DIVERGENT SOLUTIONS TOWARD THE
MIDDLE OF THE WEEK. THE GFS IS MOST AGGRESSIVE...PUSHING A SHORTWAVE
TROUGH ACROSS THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEST WEDNESDAY...WHILE THE ECMWF HAS
THE TROUGH IN NRN CALIFORNIA. WITH THE MODEL DISAGREEMENTS
ATTM...WILL LEAVE THE PERIOD DRY.


&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z THURSDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 1105 AM CST WED NOV 26 2014

.AVIATION...MODEL GUIDANCE CONTINUES TO INDICATE MVFR OR LOWER
CEILINGS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BREAK THIS AFTERNOON AT KLBF.  SKIES
ARE ANTICIPATED TO BE VFR BY 20Z.  AT KVTN...SKIES WILL REMAIN
OVERCAST THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY...IN FACT MUCH OF THE NEAR TERM
GUIDANCE INDICATES KVTN REMAINING AT MVFR OR LOWER THROUGH THE
FORECAST CYCLE.  WILL BRIEFLY INCLUDE A SCT030 CEILING THIS
AFTERNOON AT KVTN...BUT THEN TREND SKIES BELOW MVFR THIS EVENING.
OTHERWISE -SN IS CURRENTLY FALLING ACROSS THE EASTERN
PANHANDLE...IMPACTS FROM THE SNOW THIS AFTERNOON WILL BE MINIMAL AS
VISBY REDUCTIONS WILL ONLY FALL BRIEFLY BLO 6SM...THIS SNOW IS NOT
ANTICIPATED TO IMPACT KLBF OR KVTN.


&&

.LBF WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...CLB
SHORT TERM...JACOBS
LONG TERM...CLB
AVIATION...KECK/JACOBS






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