Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Spokane, WA

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FXUS66 KOTX 161804
AFDOTX

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Spokane WA
1004 AM PST Tue Jan 16 2018

.SYNOPSIS...
Rain and wet snow will slowly push across the Inland Northwest
today. After a brief break, a second, stronger and wetter weather
system arrives Wednesday night into Thursday with more rain/snow
mix in the valleys with snow in the mountains. A cooler and
potentially snowy pattern is possible for the weekend.

&&

.DISCUSSION...
Radar trends show a backedge of the precipitation approaching
Spokane. Received reports of wet snow before it tapers off,
likewise areas of fog may expand across the Columbia Basin.
Surface temperatures are slowly rising. Opted to let current WSW
expire with less reports of wintry precipitation and more of rain
or wet snow. Precipitation trends should decreas through midday
with less intensity and lighter amounts. Could still see slight
chance of freezing rain in sheltered valleys, but highly
locallized. /rfox.

&&

.AVIATION...
18Z TAFS: TAF sites reporting rain at this time from KGEG/KSFF to
KPUW and KLWS. Could see a brief mix near KCOE at the onset,
although but confidence is not high and temperatures are on the
rise. The precipitation band should bring a solid MVFR deck with
areas of IFR and locally moderate RA. On the back side of the rain
band, local LIFR conditions area possible with fog and stratus.
Models indicate clearing to VFR late this afternoon and early
evening. Believe this to be short lived as winds decrease and low
level moisture remains high, leading to a resurgence of stratus
and fog overnight. Confidence is not high on how thick the fog
will be, followed more MVFR conditions for the time being. /rfox.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Spokane        37  30  38  37  41  30 /  80   0  10 100  80  40
Coeur d`Alene  37  30  39  36  40  31 /  80   0  10  90  90  50
Pullman        42  32  44  39  44  31 /  80   0  10  70  90  30
Lewiston       47  33  47  41  46  34 /  80   0  10  40  90  30
Colville       35  31  37  34  40  29 /  70  10  20 100  60  40
Sandpoint      36  30  36  34  40  31 /  60  30  10 100  90  60
Kellogg        36  29  38  34  38  30 /  70  10  10  80  90  50
Moses Lake     42  31  39  36  45  30 /  10   0  10  70  30  10
Wenatchee      37  31  35  31  40  28 /  10   0  30  80  20  20
Omak           34  29  34  32  37  26 /  20   0  60 100  40  30

&&

.OTX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
ID...None.
WA...None.

&&

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