Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS66 KOTX 292349

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Spokane WA
449 PM PDT Mon May 29 2017

High pressure continues over the Inland Northwest through Tuesday
with another very warm day. There is a small chance of
thunderstorms in the higher elevations, otherwise expect dry
weather. This warm spell will contribute to rises on rivers from
the Cascades into north Idaho. A strong cold front will arrive
Tuesday night with strong gusty winds and a good chance of
showers and thunderstorms. By Wednesday and for the rest of the
week, expect seasonal temperatures, breezy winds and a chance of
showers and thunderstorms in the higher terrain.


Tonight through Tuesday...Upper level ridge will hold onto the
region one more day. This will bring more of the warm
and sunny weather to most locations. In fact it should be the
hottest day in the recent stint of weather as 850 mb temps warm
1-2 more degrees over today. That should equate to highs in the
mid 80s and 90s or a couple even a couple degrees warmer than
today. While our confidence is high for that trend over the
eastern half of the forecast area, the warming is less certain
near the Cascades. That is because the ridge will begin its
breakdown which should advect some high level moisture and clouds
over this portion of the forecast area ahead of a strong cold
front. The reduced insolation could result in cooler temperatures
despite the warming at 850 mbs. Speaking of clouds and the cold
front, this could be an interesting situation. Confidence is high
this front will drop temperatures significantly and initially
bring gusty winds. Most model guidance brings the front into the
Cascades during the early evening and across the remainder of the
forecast area overnight. The timing is right to support some winds
of 20-30 mph during the evening across the lower Columbia Basin,
Waterville Plateau, and Wenatchee area, with lesser amounts
overnight across the remainder of the area. Whats less certain is
what to do with precipitation chances.

While much of the precipitation threat will be tied to the arrival
of the front, in the Cascades during the late afternoon, there is
more curiosity for the threat of convection developing ahead of
the upper level trough over SE Washington and NC Oregon. Most of
the convective allowing models are showing a pretty nice cluster
of thunderstorms developing ahead of the trough in NC Oregon by
mid-afternoon and then pushing it across SE Washington into NC
Idaho late in the afternoon or early evening. These thunderstorms
(if they form) will benefit from a very unstable air mass which
will develop above the low-level thermal ridge. SBCAPE values
could climb into the 1000-1500 j/kg range while 0-6km shear values
reach 30-35 kts. This could be enough to generate some strong
thunderstorms which would be capable of producing large hail.
Whether or not these can move into SE WA or NC ID during the
evening before weakening is questionable, but if they do they bear
watching. Otherwise again most of the shower and thunderstorm risk
will be tied to the incoming trough and cold front. These should
mainly impact the Cascades, Okanogan Highlands, and Okanogan
Valley during the evening and then shift into extreme eastern
Washington and north Idaho overnight. The thunderstorm threat will
gradually taper off during the night. fx

Wednesday through Monday: Expect a pattern change with bring more
seasonal temperatures, breezy winds in the Columbia Basin and
occasional mountain showers. After the strong cold front push
through the region Tuesday night, an upper level trough will set
up off the Washington coast with a moist southwest flow into the
region accompanied by embedded disturbances. On Wednesday, the
remains of the front linger over the southern Panhandle with a
resurgence of convection in the afternoon and early evening.
Breezy winds will develop with higher gusts in the afternoon while
temperatures feel the effects of the cold air advection and cool
about 20 degrees. The boundary remains stalled Wednesday night
into Thursday with the best chance of precipitation from the Blue
mountains into the central Idaho panhandle. The arrival of a
shortwave of Thursday will help enhance convection in most areas
with a chance of thunderstorms possible across northeast
Washington into north Idaho, and kick the boundary east. Another
disturbance arrives on Friday with a repeat of mainly afternoon
and evening convection in the higher terrain. There is a good a
chance for dry weather on Saturday as a shortwave ridge builds
over the region. This will be short lived as another Pacific
trough digs down the West Coast and increases a moist and unstable
southwest flow by Sunday afternoon into Monday. There are some
model discrepancies on the track of this trough so will lean
toward climo pops for Sunday night into Monday. Yet, there may be
signs of warming and drying by middle of next week. /rfox.


00Z TAFS: Isolated thunderstorms will be possible over the higher
terrain above Republic to Metalline Falls in northeast WA and in
the central to northern Idaho Panhandle late this afternoon.
Expect the possibility for convection to wane quickly though after
02Z with clear skies and VFR conditions tonight into Tuesday.
Higher clouds will filter in over the region ahead of a cold front
on Tuesday, especially closer to the Cascade Mtns. Chances for
thunderstorms will also increase in the afternoon Tuesday, but
best chances will be after 00Z Wednesday. /SVH


Spokane        60  89  58  74  53  72 /   0   0  20  20  20  10
Coeur d`Alene  54  87  55  73  51  72 /   0   0  20  30  20  20
Pullman        52  87  55  72  52  70 /   0   0  20  20  50  20
Lewiston       58  94  61  78  56  76 /   0   0  30  20  50  40
Colville       50  90  58  76  52  73 /   0  10  40  30  20  50
Sandpoint      49  85  54  75  49  69 /  10  10  20  30  40  30
Kellogg        49  86  53  76  47  68 /  10   0  10  30  70  50
Moses Lake     56  94  60  80  55  78 /   0   0  40  10   0  10
Wenatchee      62  90  58  79  58  75 /   0  10  30  10   0  20
Omak           52  91  60  79  53  76 /   0   0  30  20  10  20



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