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974 FXUS63 KOAX 192104 AFDOAX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE 304 PM CST Thu Jan 19 2017 .SHORT TERM...
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(tonight through Sunday) Issued at 239 PM CST Thu Jan 19 2017 Biggest issue tonight and Friday will be lingering low clouds, widespread fog, and possible drizzle. Visibility ranges from 1-7 miles at mid afternoon across the region, but is expected to drop again as daylight fades. Our consensus blends suggest widespread 1/2 mile will be possible overnight, with areas at 1/4 mile. Thus, will issue a dense fog advisory from 8 pm to 9 am, which should cover the worst of it. Can`t say that a site or two might not go down before 8 pm, and can`t say that a site or two won`t linger past 9 am. HRRR/RAP even suggest that some visibility improvement could occur in northeast NE later in the night, and if that happens, the fog advisory could be lifted if that indeed develops. Regarding any precipitation, general feeling is that it will be a drizzly night and through the day Friday, but not really a measurable rain event, although wouldn`t be surprised for some locations to pick up a hundredth or two of an inch given the prolonged nature. The next trough, now across the west coast quickly moves across the Rockies and onto the Plains later on Friday. Pacific moisture associated with this feature should help increase measurable precipitation chances by late Friday afternoon and Friday night, and will go with 40-60% pops, but QPF generally remains below 1/10". Temps remain above freezing. As some colder air tries to work into the system, this could result in an hour or two of a wintry mix in a couple of counties in northeast NE. A wintry mix of precip chances may linger in northeast NE Saturday morning, and still a slight chance of rain in east central NE and northwest IA, but should be moving out of the area during the morning. Quiet weather for the remainder of Saturday into Sunday as a closed low moves well south of the region across the southern Plains. .LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Thursday) Issued at 239 PM CST Thu Jan 19 2017 Big weather make for the extended will be the result of the next strong trough moving onto the west coast, then across the Rockies on Monday. This induces lee cyclogenesis Monday night, with a surface low moving to the KS/NE border region by daybreak Tuesday, then to the mid Mississippi Valley region by daybreak Wednesday. Models are in much better agreement today than yesterday, so confidence is now increasing on a potential winter storm that will affect the region. Precipitation initially develops Monday night within the warm air advection pattern and may initially begin as rain or snow, but eventually turns to all snow by Tuesday night and lingers through early Wednesday. Both GFS and ECMWF have highest snowfall amount axis just north of I80, but with lower amounts all the way down to the KS/NE border. While snowfall amounts will eventually be a hot topic, right now, it`s still 2 days to soon to discuss amounts. We are continuing to watch this system closely as it could have a significant winter impact on the area as models converge on a solution. Remainder of the extended forecast should be dry, although another minor wave could be coming in from the northern plains just beyond the period by next Thursday night into Friday.
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&& .AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon) Issued at 1146 AM CST Thu Jan 19 2017 Latest sfc obs indicate widespread fog has pretty much enveloped ern Neb this aftn with IFR/LIFR prevailing at most locations. At this point...trends over the last several hours in combination with model guidance suggest no significant improvement will be seen with IFR/LIFR conditions persisting the remainder of the fcst pd at all terminals. && .OAX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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NE...Dense Fog Advisory from 8 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Friday for NEZ011-012-015>018-030>034-042>045-050>053-065>068-078- 088>093. IA...Dense Fog Advisory from 8 PM this evening to 9 AM CST Friday for IAZ043-055-056-069-079-080-090-091.
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&& $$ SHORT TERM...DeWald LONG TERM...DeWald AVIATION...DEE is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.