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FXUS63 KOAX 162151

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
351 PM CST Fri Feb 16 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Monday)
Issued at 330 PM CST Fri Feb 16 2018

...Potential for Some Freezing Drizzle Late This Weekend into
Monday Morning...

Forecast concerns in the short term will be temperatures, winds
and precipitation/precipitation type associated with the storm
system Sunday night into Monday.

Below normal temperatures today, however the sunshine and light
winds don`t make it feel too bad outside. Surface high pressure at
20Z was centered near Manhattan, Kansas and southwest winds were
already picking up across parts of eastern Nebraska. Temperatures
were in the 20s and 30s and the normal high is around 38 degrees.
GOES16 visible satellite imagery showed a few cirrus clouds,
otherwise, the snowpack was visible from central Nebraska into
northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa. One to 6 inches is still on
the ground across northeast Nebraska and northwest iowa.

Water vapor satellite imagery shows a split flow regime with a
storm system over the southwest U.S. and moisture streaming from
Mexico into AZ/NM into the Southern Plains. The imagery also shows
shortwave move through the Pacific Northwest into MT/WY. Energy
from the southwest system moves quickly toward the Tennessee River
Valley Saturday while the storm system in the northwest quickly
shifts toward the Great Lakes. The forecast area is in-between
these systems, however with the south flow, warmer temperatures
are forecast for Saturday along with some increasing clouds. Some
flurries or sprinkles may skirt the northeast part of the forecast
area in west central Iowa late tonight. A wind shift and cold
front moves through later Saturday...30 to 40kt northwest winds
aloft are forecast, however these are dampened out with winds more
in the 15 to 25kt range Saturday afternoon. Highs Saturday should
be in the 30s to lower 50s.

Even warmer temperatures and more wind are predicted for Sunday
ahead of a cold front with h85 winds increasing to 50 to 70kts as
the mid level trough in the west deepens with southwest flow
aloft developing. Highs Sunday should range from the upper 40s to
the lower 60s with 20-30kts winds from the south.

Sunday night...cold air moves in, however surface low pressure
develops in Colorado and moves along the front into northern
Kansas and toward southeast Nebraska/northwest Missouri.
Temperatures will be very important as drizzle is possible Sunday
night and early Monday.

Forecast soundings show freezing drizzle possible over parts of
eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. At this time accumulations
would be a trace to tenth of an inch. A little light snow is
possible in northeast Nebraska and with instability in southeast
Nebraska did include a shower mention with isolated thunder. Lows
Monday morning vary from 15 near the South Dakota border to the
mid 40s in the south. If traveling Sunday night into Monday...will
need to keep abreast of the latest forecast.

.LONG TERM...(Monday night through Friday)
Issued at 330PM CST Fri Feb 16 2018

The longwave trough seems fairly stagnant through the extended
with perturbations through the flow and no significant weather
systems. Below normal temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday with
near normal highs for Thursday and Friday. There is a chance for
light snow Monday night then a chance for a little light rain


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon)
Issued at 1108 AM CST Fri Feb 16 2018

VFR conditions are forecast through Saturday morning with
increasing mid and high level cloudiness spreading overhead after
00Z. Low level jet is expected to increase overnight as well,
causing Low Level Wind Shear at all sites beginning 03Z at KOFK
and by 07Z and KOMA and continuing through 14Z. Southwest winds up
to 45kt at FL020 are forecast.




SHORT TERM...Zapotocny
LONG TERM...Zapotocny
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