Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Amarillo, TX
FXUS64 KAMA 060330 AAB
Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Amarillo TX
930 PM CST Mon Dec 5 2016
Surface winds behind cold front moving southward across the forecast
area this evening are stronger than earlier grids and text forecasts
had going. Have raised wind speeds into the windy category most zones
for a few to several hours rest of tonight, then diminishing by
around 12Z Tuesday. Remaining weather elements from previous fcst
pckg are plausible at this time. Updated grids published and text
.PREV DISCUSSION... /Issued 615 PM CST Mon Dec 5 2016/
For the 00Z TAFs, a cold front will move across the terminal sites
this evening with gusty north winds in its wake. Winds will diminish
around early to mid morning Tuesday. Periods of high level cloudiness
are also expected. Overall, VFR conditions will prevail at all TAF
sites through late Tuesday afternoon.
PREV DISCUSSION... /Issued 320 PM CST Mon Dec 5 2016/
No significant changes have been made to the forecast, other than to
reduce probability of accumulating snow Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Much colder weather is still on the way however.
Initial cold front has moved into northeast Colorado and is expected
to sweep through the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles this evening.
Clouds and cold air advection will hold Tuesday high temperatures in
the mid-30s to mid-40s. Post-frontal surface ridge will build
southward, further eradicating any low-level moisture.
Arctic cold front arrives Wednesday morning. Cold air advection and
clouds across northern sections will keep max temperatures below
freezing across the Oklahoma Panhandle, with highs primarily in the
mid-30s to lower-40s elsewhere. Have trimmed pops further with
slight chance for light snow confined to mainly northeast part of
forecast area. No accumulations of snow are expected due to scant
available moisture and lack to upslope flow. No pops thereafter.
Very cold morning expected on Thursday as massive surface ridge
extends into West Texas. Winds appear to be too light Thursday
morning and Friday mornings for issuance of wind chill advisories.
Thursday highs expected to remain below freezing over most of the
forecast area. Moderating conditions begin on Friday as surface
ridge is displaced eastward. Saturday expected to be the warmest
day of the forecast with highs about 10 to 15 degrees above normal.
Slightly above normal highs expected for Sunday and Monday also. 03
Elevated fire weather conditions will continue through the late
afternoon today across the southwest Texas Panhandle. No elevated
or critical fire weather conditions are expected Tuesday through