Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Spokane, WA

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FXUS66 KOTX 301743
AFDOTX

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Spokane WA
942 AM PST FRI JAN 30 2015

.SYNOPSIS...
Areas of low clouds and fog will persist across portions of
Inland Northwest as high pressure remains in place. The ridge of
high pressure will begin breaking down Sunday. This will result in
and increased chance for valley rain and mountain snow through
the middle of next week.

&&

.DISCUSSION...
Minor update made to increase the areal coverage of dense freezing
fog on the West Plains between Wilbur and Airway Heights as well
as to add a mention of patchy freezing drizzle around the Spokane
area which has led to slick roadways in some places. Also have had
reports of flurries in Omak as well as near Moyie Springs coming
out of the stratus layer so flurries were added for the northern
valleys. Temperatures have also been lowered a few degrees around
Spokane, Coeur D`Alene, Pullman, and Sandpoint where the stratus
layer is expected to hold temperatures down a bit more than
previously thought based on current satellite/temperature trends.
JW

&&

.AVIATION...
18Z TAFS: Light winds and clear skies aloft will continue to
bring widespread restrictions from fog and stratus through the
next 24 hours. Fog will impact KGEG/KSFF/KCOE/KPUW while
KEAT/KMWH/KLWS will largely contend with stratus. Minor
improvements will be noted at all sites as the fog lifts to more
of a stratus deck midday, but all sites will stay in IFR or MVFR
conditions. Some light drizzle, freezing drizzle, and flurries is
possible late in the evening through Saturday morning for the
KGEG/KSFF/KCOE sites as a weak shortwave passes to our north. JW

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Spokane        33  30  36  29  37  33 /   0  10  10  10  60  50
Coeur d`Alene  37  29  38  29  37  32 /   0  10  10  10  60  60
Pullman        36  32  41  33  42  37 /   0  10  10  10  60  60
Lewiston       42  34  43  34  46  38 /   0  10  10  10  40  50
Colville       36  29  36  29  36  31 /   0  10  10  20  60  50
Sandpoint      35  28  35  27  36  30 /   0  10  10  20  70  70
Kellogg        40  29  37  29  37  33 /   0  10  10  10  70  70
Moses Lake     39  31  38  30  40  32 /   0   0   0  10  20  20
Wenatchee      38  32  37  30  40  33 /   0   0   0  20  30  20
Omak           37  30  36  30  38  31 /   0   0   0  20  40  20

&&

.OTX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
ID...Dense Fog Advisory until 1 PM PST this afternoon for Idaho
     Palouse.

WA...Dense Fog Advisory until 1 PM PST this afternoon for Spokane
     Area-Washington Palouse.

&&

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