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FXUS63 KOAX 021137

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
537 AM CST Fri Dec 2 2016

.SHORT TERM...(today through Sunday)
Issued at 209 AM CST Fri Dec 2 2016

...First of Three Weather Systems Will Impact the Area Saturday

Seasonable conditions prevail today with weak ridging across the
Plains as the area will be ahead of the next trough which continues
to take shape over the southwestern US. Highs today will be in the
mid 30s to mid 40s, just slightly below normal, but with dry

Moisture will significantly increase through the day Saturday,
with rain chances increases by Saturday afternoon along and south
of I80. This should develop into a wintry mix by early Saturday
evening, although temps aloft are not especially cold, with even
some warm air advection noted in the models through the night.
Thus will have a rain/snow/freezing rain/drizzle mix for parts of
the area, especially on the tail end of the system 6-12z Sunday as
deep layer saturation shifts off to the east. QPF remains quite
light for this first event, generally 0.07" or less for southeast
NE and southwest Iowa. Precipitation will probably not even make
it to northeast NE at all.

Temps Sunday rebound nicely and warm back to the mid to upper 40s,
well above normal as zonal flow aloft again prevails across the

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Thursday)
Issued at 209 AM CST Fri Dec 2 2016

...Two More Weather Systems Impact the Area, Then Turning Sharply

The extended period will quite active with two weather systems
moving through, along with the first real arctic intrusion of air
resulting in significantly colder temperatures.

There should be one more mild and above normal day on Monday with
temperatures in the 40s. It`s your last real chance for easy outdoor
holiday decorating before the bottom falls out by mid week.

The cold front arrives Monday night. This will bring a chance of
rain changing to snow the area across the area, which could
linger into Tuesday, although the the ECMWF is definitely a
little more progressive, with the GFS/Canadian a little slower.
While it`s beyond our period for forecasting specific snowfall
amounts, this second system doesn`t look that significant right

The sharply colder temperatures arrive Tuesday night, as the third
weather system to affect the area will begin to move out of the
Rockies. This will probably spread snow chances back into the area
by daybreak Wednesday, with snow chances continuing through
Wednesday evening, but ending by daybreak Thursday. Again, models
are a little off, with GFS now ending precip a little quicker than
the ECMWF. Temperatures Wednesday will only be in the teens and
20s. Combined with the northwest winds at 15 to 30 mph, it will
feel like single digits above and below zero. Welcome to winter!
Again, this is well beyond our snowfall forecasting ability, but
models suggest a few inches could be possible, with higher amounts
to our south. Of course, this could change as the models still
seem to be shifting a bit here or there with each run.

Wednesday night and Thursday remain quite cold. We trended
forecast temperatures down a bit from model blends, but it may
not be cold enough given a fresh snow pack. Lows in the single
digits Wednesday night and highs mostly in the teens on Thursday.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Saturday morning)
Issued at 531 AM CST Fri Dec 2 2016

No aviation concerns this TAF cycle as surface high pressure
builds overhead. Surface winds will remain light, primarily out of
the northwest with a few mid/high clouds drifting overhead.




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