Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Spokane, WA

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FXUS66 KOTX 171756
AFDOTX

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Spokane WA
956 AM PST Sun Dec 17 2017

.SYNOPSIS...
Light snow returns on Sunday with the potential for moderate
accumulations on area mountain passes. A warmer and windier
weather system impacts the region Tuesday into Wednesday bringing
the potential for heavy mountain snows and mix of rain and snow in
the lower elevations. The weather will then be dry and cold for
the remainder of the week.

&&

.DISCUSSION...
Morning update: Made some adjustments to precipitation type for
the lower Basin. Precipitaiton is light but getting reports of
freezing rain and sleet around Lind, Quincy, and Moses Lake. This
lines up well with the NAM12km warm nose which will continue to
slowly expand north and east through the next 24 hours. The main
threat for mixed precipitation types shift northward toward
Ephrata, Banks Lake, and into Grand Coulee as well as the Columbia
River Valley. Amounts will remain extremely light in these rain
shadowed areas. Further east around the Snake and Clearwater River
Valleys, temperatures are still below freezing but will have time
to warm before the midlevel warming arrives around 4-6PM tonight.
Surface winds are increasing from the south and this will help
bring surface temperatures above freezing avoiding a lot of mixed
precipitation types for the unsheltered Palouse and West Plains.
Precipitation intensity will pick back up across the eastern third
of WA and N ID late this afternoon and evening as a deep slug of
moisture spills inland. This will bring one last shot of
accumulating snow into the Spokane- Cd`A - Pullman areas before
switching over to rain.

&&

.AVIATION...
18z TAFS: Another Pacific weather system will spread
precipitation over the area today. KEAT and KMWH won`t see much if
any precipitation, but if it falls, it could be in the form of
very light snow/freezing rain/sleet. The KGEG/KSFF/KCOE area will
get snow for most of the day before warming toward rain this
evening. Snow intensities and resulting restrictions will bounce
around this morning with light snow but snow will pick back up
again late this afternoon evening just prior to the warm front
passage. Thereafter, thinking the warm air over snow will create a
period of IFR or LIFR conditions prior to the winds picking up
and improving vis and lifting cigs a few hundred feet. /sb


&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Spokane        34  34  40  34  41  30 / 100  40  20  90 100  80
Coeur d`Alene  33  33  40  34  40  31 / 100  80  60 100 100  90
Pullman        35  35  41  36  41  31 /  90  70  70  90  90  70
Lewiston       37  37  46  38  46  34 /  50  40  40  70  40  50
Colville       32  32  39  31  38  30 / 100  40  20  90 100  80
Sandpoint      32  32  38  32  38  31 / 100  90  80  90 100 100
Kellogg        31  31  36  33  37  30 / 100  90  90 100 100  90
Moses Lake     33  32  43  33  45  31 /  50  10  10  60  90  10
Wenatchee      33  32  41  32  40  29 /  30  20  20  50  70  20
Omak           32  32  37  31  38  28 /  30  30  20  60  80  50

&&

.OTX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
ID...Winter Weather Advisory until 10 AM PST Monday for Central
     Panhandle Mountains-Northern Panhandle.

     Winter Weather Advisory until 10 PM PST this evening for Coeur
     d`Alene Area.

WA...Winter Weather Advisory until 10 PM PST this evening for
     Northeast Mountains.


&&

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