Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Spokane WA
1044 AM PDT Sat Aug 27 2016

.SYNOPSIS...
A strong cold front is expected to bring gusty winds today and
heighten wildfire concerns. Limited shower chances arrive to the
northern mountains through early next week, with mild
temperatures, before a slightly better and broader threat of
showers and thunderstorms comes in for the second half of next
week. Temperatures cool toward or slightly below normal toward the
middle to latter part of next week.

&&

.DISCUSSION...
Rest of today...No significant updates to the today period of the
forecast. Current observations and trends suggest situation is
well in hand with a dry cold front dropping off of the cascades
and into the western basin this morning...with increasingly breezy
southwest winds ahead of this front over the eastern basin. This
trend will continue through the afternoon as the front approaches
and passes through. A thick shield of mid level AC and cirrus
accompanies this front and will inhibit solar heating this
afternoon keeping temperatures a few degrees cooler than yesterday
but still seasonably warm. Current precipitation forecast of a
small chance of showers and sprinkles across the north as this
cloud shield passes are still plausible given significant mid
level returns on radar which may allow virga to surface on higher
terrain this afternoon...otherwise this will be a classic dry cold
front. Fire Weather highlights remain in effect for wind and low
RH with this FROPA. /Fugazzi

&&

.AVIATION...
18Z TAFS: A dry cold front over the Cascades at 18Z will move
through the region today. breezy and and gusty west to southwest
winds are expected at all TAF sites today and this evening. Areas
of BLDU are possible at KMWH and KPUW and may briefly restrict
visibility to MVFR conditions especially at KMWH. Mid and high
level cloud decks will prevail with the FROPA but ceilings will
remain AOA 10Kft. Any shower potential from these clouds will
remain over the far northern mountains and no thunderstorms are
expected. Winds over the eastern TAF sites will decrease
overnight...but breezy westerly winds will likely continue at
KEAT and possibly KMWH through the night. /MJF


&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Spokane        86  56  80  59  88  61 /   0   0  10   0   0  10
Coeur d`Alene  85  54  79  55  88  56 /   0   0  10   0  10  10
Pullman        86  55  81  52  88  53 /   0   0  10   0   0  10
Lewiston       93  65  89  62  95  62 /   0   0  10   0   0  10
Colville       85  51  81  50  89  52 /  10  10  10  10  10  10
Sandpoint      81  51  77  50  85  51 /  10  10  10  10  10  10
Kellogg        83  52  78  52  87  54 /   0  10  10  10  10  10
Moses Lake     91  58  85  56  90  57 /   0   0   0  10   0   0
Wenatchee      87  60  83  63  89  62 /   0   0   0  10   0  10
Omak           88  55  84  56  90  56 /  10   0  10  10  10  10

&&

.OTX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
ID...Red Flag Warning until 9 PM PDT this evening for Northern and
     Central Idaho Panhandle (Zone 101).

WA...Red Flag Warning until 9 PM PDT this evening for East Washington
     Northeast (Zone 686)-East Washington Northern Columbia
     Basin (Zone 673)-East Washington Palouse and Spokane Area
     (Zone 674).

&&

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