Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS North Platte, NE

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FXUS63 KLBF 261817

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
1217 PM CST Sun Feb 26 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 356 AM CST Sun Feb 26 2017

Light bora conditions are underway this morning which has held up
radiational cooling substantially. The RAP suggests winds will
slacken in the next hour or two which would allow cooling to resume.
Precipitable water remains around 0.15 inches and skies are clear.

Temperatures at h850mb rise a few more degrees today and the models
suggest the cloudiness across the Pacific NW would move mostly east
through the Dakotas. This should produce more sunshine and heating
today. The forecast uses a blend of bias corrected guidance for
highs in the upper 20s across the Wrn Sandhills to 40 south and east
where mixing should be maximized.

Mostly clear skies are expected tonight and blended guidance plus
bias correction suggested lows mostly in the teens with single
digits in the Wrn Sandhills. South winds develop associated with sfc
low pressure over the Nrn Plains.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday)
Issued at 356 AM CST Sun Feb 26 2017

Temperatures remain cool and below normal through Thursday, but will
warm into the mid 40s to 50s by Friday with Saturday being the
warmest day of the next 7 as highs will be in the upper 50s to 60s.

For Monday have kept temperatures several degrees below guidance for
Monday as thick snow pack still exist north of interstate 80 to the
South Dakota border as evident on visible satellite. On Monday night
there is a slight chance for very light snow to push across the area
in association with a passing cold front. Have introduced the
mention of patchy fog for Monday night into Tuesday morning for
areas in our eastern forecast area after coordination with
surrounding offices.

Another chance for precipitation occurs on Tuesday night into
Wednesday morning as a trough pushes across the region. Chance for
precipitation will be across our southern forecast area with light
rain transitioning to light snow. At this time little accumulation
is expected. The rest of the forecast period will remain dry.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday afternoon)
Issued at 1212 PM CST Sun Feb 26 2017

VFR conditions will prevail the next 24 HRS across western and
north central Nebraska. Winds will be from the west around 10 KTS.
The only cloud cover will be some SCT to BKN mid and high level




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