Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS64 KOUN 211106

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Norman OK
506 AM CST Wed Feb 21 2018



For the 12z TAFs:

Deteriorating conditions are expected today, first at north Texas
and southern Oklahoma sites, and then spreading northward across
the rest of the area. Start times may need to be adjusted, and
there may be periods of no precipitation despite prevailing
precipitation in the TAF. Ceilings should steadily decrease to IFR
just before the precipitation begins and likely remain that way
after the precipitation ends this evening. Precipitation type may
vary, but generally should range from mostly freezing rain in the
south central/southeast portion of the state to freezing rain and
sleet from western north Texas and southwest Oklahoma
northeastward through central Oklahoma and into north-central
Oklahoma. In northwest Oklahoma, the precipitation may be
predominately snow to start, and then sleet and eventually
freezing rain will become common throughout the day.


.PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 354 AM CST Wed Feb 21 2018/

The main focus continues to be precipitation type and amounts
through early Thursday. Changes to the previous forecast were
generally minor. We did emphasize sleet over a larger area given the
depth of the warm layer in short term model forecast soundings. This
should tend to limit ice accumulation precluding a more high impact
event. We also added snow in northwest portions of the area given
wet bulb profiles.

We expanded the Winter Weather Advisory to include Bryan and Atoka
counties which are both at 32 degrees. Temperatures should be steady
for much of the day there and latent heat of fusion should limit ice
accumulation. Nevertheless, some minor accumulation and possibly
minor impacts to travel are possible, particularly in the western
sections of both counties. We added the rest of the counties in
northwest Oklahoma given a stronger signal for at least some
coverage of precipitation. This could be where rates are locally
higher given weak elevated instability supporting convective
elements. Similar to last night, brief periods of moderate to heavy
freezing rain and/or sleet can`t be ruled out

Latest radar mosaic shows a northward shift of precipitation across
north Texas with heavier precipitation now approaching the Red
River. This is due to deep isentropic ascent in response to
veering/moistening flow atop cold shallow arctic airmass.
Precipitation will continue to build northward throughout the day
impacting western north Texas and southern Oklahoma this morning,
reaching the I-40 corridor by around midday, and spreading through
northern Oklahoma during the afternoon. Temperatures will change
little through the day and tonight, but should gradually rise
late tonight into early tomorrow as low level flow responds to
deepening lee cyclone forced by ejecting shortwave trough.
Although some light wintry precip may occur at the onset of the
next round of forcing for ascent and precipitation early Thursday,
by late Thursday precipitation should be mostly rain. The wet
pattern continues into Friday as yet another wave and accompanying
round of forcing for ascent brings more rain to especially the
southeast portion of the area which should shift east during the
day on Saturday. Temperatures will be warm enough for all rain,
and some weak elevated instability could support some thunder as


Oklahoma City OK  28  27  39  35 /  70  70  50  20
Hobart OK         27  24  37  33 /  80  60  30  10
Wichita Falls TX  29  29  39  34 /  90  50  50  20
Gage OK           25  22  38  31 /  60  50  10   0
Ponca City OK     31  27  38  33 /  40  90  30  20
Durant OK         35  33  46  43 /  80  40  70  90


OK...Winter Weather Advisory until midnight CST tonight for

     Winter Weather Advisory until midnight CST tonight for OKZ032-

     Flood Watch until 6 AM CST early this morning for OKZ032-041>043-

TX...Winter Weather Advisory until midnight CST tonight for

     Winter Weather Advisory until midnight CST tonight for TXZ090.



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