Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KLBF 250555

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
1155 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

Issued at 208 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

At H5 closed low moving into Pacific Northwest...dirty ridge into
northern Rockies and closed low that brought snow to western
Nebraska over Omaha with snow finished over western Nebraska.


.Forecast...(This evening through Thursday)
Issued at 208 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

Snow has ended over western Nebraska this afternoon. Strong north
winds continue to drift snow in open areas but no reductions to
visibility with blowing snow. Fair amount of snow over northern
Nebraska with lesser amounts into southwest Nebraska. Mostly
cloudy tonight will help to cap heat loss. Have below zero at KVTN
with single digits over northwest. Remainder of the area in the
teens. Skies begin clearing through the day on Saturday from
southwest to northeast with temperatures rising into the upper 20s
north and 30s south with zonal pattern aloft with Pacific air
moving across western Nebraska Lows in the single digits and teens
again Saturday night into Sunday. An upper trough moves across the
northern plains Saturday night. Temperatures will rise into the
30s Sunday behind the trough as upper ridge and Pacific air move
across western Nebraska. Upper ridge sharpens ahead of deepening
trough over the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures rise into the
upper 30s to upper 40s ahead of an upper trough moving through the
northern plains Monday night into Tuesday with schc -s retained.
Schc -s south again Wednesday with another wave moving through the
central plains. Northwest flow developing late week with
temperatures in the 40s and some 50s south. and schc precip as
waves drop southeast across the northern plains in fast northwest
flow. Nothing real organized.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Saturday night)
Issued at 1150 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

Latest satellite imagery and surface plot shows BKN-OVC high
clouds across western NEB with SCT high clouds over north central
NEB. VFR conditions currently prevail across much of the area
with the exception being in portions of the eastern NEB Panhandle.
There patchy fog is present based on obs and web cams and it`s
reducing visibility sub-one mile. Winds are light and variable to
calm in eastern NEB and far southwest NEB, elsewhere light
northwest winds are present. Main concerns this TAF package are
flight categories rest of tonight into tomorrow in western NEB.

Current thinking is patchy fog will remain a threat across the
eastern NEB Panhandle into the western Sandhills rest of tonight
into the early morning. Do not think fog will impact KVTN or KLBF
terminals at this time. Will continue to monitor the situation
and update as necessary.

Winds will continue to lessen rest of tonight across north
central NEB and the west of western NEB. Winds increase tomorrow
out of the west starting late morning/early afternoon to 9-12 kts
across the local forecast area.


Issued at 208 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

North Platte River at North Platte starting to rise towards action
stage with releases from Lake McConaughy.




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