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000 FXUS63 KOAX 032335 AFDOAX AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE 535 PM CST TUE MAR 3 2015 .SHORT TERM...(TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY) ISSUED AT 308 PM CST TUE MAR 3 2015 TEMPERATURES WILL PROVIDE THE MAIN FORECAST CHALLENGES BUT WILL HAVE TO ADDRESS SOME LIGHT PCPN CHANCES TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. PRIMARY FEATURES OF CONCERN FROM THE UPPER AIR CHARTS AT 12Z THIS MORNING INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING. AT 300 MB STRONG WINDS EXTENDED FROM OFF THE WEST COAST OF BAJA UP INTO NEBRASKA (145 KNOT MAX OVER KOAX) AND THEN INTO THE NORTHEAST PART OF THE COUNTRY. A BROAD AREA OF 500 MB HEIGHT FALLS EXTENDED FROM CANADA DOWN INTO NEW MEXICO... WITH A MAX OF AROUND 180 METERS OVER SOUTHERN MANITOBA. ANOTHER AREA OF HEIGHT FALLS WAS NOTED AHEAD OF THE CLOSED LOW THAT WAS DROPPING SOUTHEAST TOWARD THE WEST COAST OF BAJA CALIFORNIA NORTE. AT 850 MB...A POCKET OF COLD AIR WAS DROPPING SOUTHEAST FROM SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND SOUTHERN SASKATCHEWAN. COLD HIGH PRESSURE WILL START TO BUILD SOUTH ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS TONIGHT BUT THE CENTER OF THE RIDGE AXIS WILL REMAIN TO OUR NORTHWEST OVER MONTANA AND WYOMING. SOME LIGHT SNOW COULD DEVELOP ACROSS THE SOUTHERN/SOUTHWESTERN PARTS OF THE THE FORECAST AREA TONIGHT...AND WILL INCLUDE SOME CHANCE POPS MAINLY FROM AROUND COLUMBUS SOUTH TO SEWARD/LINCOLN/FAIRBURY/BEATRICE/PAWNEE CITY. AMOUNTS SHOULD BE LESS THAN HALF AN INCH. BETTER POTENTIAL FOR HIGHER AMOUNTS IS TO THE SOUTH. ON WEDNESDAY...SOME FLURRIES COULD DEVELOP IN OUR NORTHERN COUNTIES DURING THE AFTERNOON. OTHERWISE...HIGH PRESSURE AT THE SURFACE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD EAST WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO OUR AREA. WEAK RETURN FLOW SHOULD DEVELOP BY 12Z THURSDAY. SOUTH/SOUTHWEST WINDS SHOULD INCREASE THURSDAY AND HELP PUSH HIGHS INTO THE 30S FOR MOST OF THE AREA...BUT SOME SPOTS IN SOUTHWEST IOWA MAY ONLY REACH THE UPPER 20S. FAVORABLE WESTERLY WINDS WILL HELP MIX DOWN WARMER AIR FROM ALOFT AND PUSH HIGHS INTO THE 50 TO 55 DEGREE RANGE MOST LOCATIONS ON FRIDAY. .LONG TERM...(FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY) ISSUED AT 308 PM CST TUE MAR 3 2015 A FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT PATTERN CHANGE IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR IN THIS PERIOD. INITIALLY A RIDGE WILL BE OUT OVER THE PACIFIC NEAR THE DATE LINE...A MODERATELY STRONG CLOSED LOW WILL BE NEAR 38N/150W...A RIDGE WILL BE ALONG THE WEST COAST AND A WEAK CLOSED LOW WILL BE OVER NORTHWEST MEXICO. THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS WILL BE IN NORTHWEST FLOW AT 500 MB. THROUGH THE WEEKEND...THE FLOW WILL DEAMPLIFY AND BECOME MORE ZONAL BY EARLY NEXT WEEK...THEN THE FLOW EVEN STARTS TO TURN TOWARD THE SOUTHWEST BY MID WEEK. THIS WILL FAVOR A WARMER PATTERN THAN WHAT WE HAVE SEEN RECENTLY. FOR NOW... IT LOOKS MAINLY DRY...BUT USUALLY THESE SOUTHWEST FLOW PATTERNS TURN WET AT SOME POINT. && .AVIATION...
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(00Z TAFS FOR KOFK...KLNK AND KOMA.) ISSUED AT 530 PM CST TUE MAR 3 2015 VARIABLE MID AND HIGH CLOUDS CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT 12HRS AS THE LONGWAVE TROF OVER THE ROCKIES SWINGS EAST INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS. VARIABLE HIGH CLOUDS CAN BE EXPECTED EARLY ON...HOWEVER...AS MOISTURE AND LIFT INCREASES...CLOUDS SHOULD THICKEN. THERE MAY BE ENOUGH MOISTURE AND LIFT FOR SOME LIGHT SNOW AND FLURRIES TO DEVELOP BETWEEN 06Z AND 09Z. FOR NOW...HAVE VFR CONDITIONS THROUGH THE PERIOD. WILL MONITOR DEVELOPMENT THIS EVENING OVER CENTRAL NEBRASKA AND WILL ADD IF NEEDED ALONG WITH ANY LOWER CIGS/VSBYS. BRISK NORTHWEST WINDS 15G25KTS WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE TO UNDER 12KTS TONIGHT. WEDNESDAY MORNING...NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 14-20KTS AFTER 15-18Z.
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&& .OAX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NE...NONE. IA...NONE. && $$ SHORT TERM...MILLER LONG TERM...MILLER AVIATION...ZAPOTOCNY

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