Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Amarillo, TX

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FXUS64 KAMA 222342 AAA

Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Amarillo TX
542 PM CST Thu Feb 22 2018

For the 00Z TAFs, VFR conditions are expected at KGUY, KDHT, and
KAMA through late Friday afternoon.



.PREV DISCUSSION... /Issued 329 PM CST Thu Feb 22 2018/

An upper trough will track south and east from the Pacific
Northwest tonight and across the Rockies Friday. The upper trough
will approach the Panhandles Friday night and Saturday morning
and will usher in a frontal boundary which will track west to east
across the forecast area Saturday. Ahead of the upper trough and
front, some light rain or a light wintry mix will be possible
across portions of the eastern Panhandles Friday night into
Saturday morning before ending quickly. Strong west to northwest
downsloping winds will accompany the frontal passage Saturday
around 20 to 30 mph with gusts near 40 mph. Slightly cooler Sunday
before downsloping southwesterly winds increase Monday and bring
warmer conditions to the Panhandles early next week. Another cold
front to push south into the Panhandles Tuesday night into
Wednesday morning with a return to cooler conditions by the latter
half of next week. Continued dry conditions expected late this
weekend through most of next week.


Elevated to critical fire weather conditions are expected to
return Saturday as a frontal boundary moves through the Panhandles
and produces a strong west to northwest 20 foot wind 20 to 30 mph
with gusts near 40 mph. Minimum afternoon humidities on Saturday
will range from 10 to 15 percent across the western Panhandles to
around 20 to 25 percent across the eastern Panhandles. A Fire
Weather Watch has been issued for Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM for
mainly the western portions and south central portions. RFTI
values Saturday will mainly be around 2 to 3.

Elevated to possibly critical fire weather conditions can be
expected across mainly the western portions of the Panhandles
Sunday, Monday and possibly again on Tuesday. RFTI values are
forecast to be near 1 to 3 with mainly west to northwest 20 foot
winds 15 mph Sunday, southwest 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts
Monday, and then southwest near 15 mph Tuesday across mainly the
western portions of the Panhandles. Minimum humidities Sunday and
Monday forecast to be around 10 to 20 percent, and then near 15
percent across the far western portions of the Panhandles on



.AMA Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
TX...Fire Weather Watch from Saturday morning through Saturday
     evening for the following zones: Dallam...Deaf Smith...

OK...Fire Weather Watch from Saturday morning through Saturday
     evening for the following zones: Cimarron.


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