Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KLBF 250012

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
612 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

Issued at 208 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

At H5 closed low moving into Pacific Northwest...dirty ridge into
northern Rockies and closed low that brought snow to western
Nebraska over Omaha with snow finished over western Nebraska.


.Forecast...(This evening through Thursday)
Issued at 208 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

Snow has ended over western Nebraska this afternoon. Strong north
winds continue to drift snow in open areas but no reductions to
visibility with blowing snow. Fair amount of snow over northern
Nebraska with lesser amounts into southwest Nebraska. Mostly
cloudy tonight will help to cap heat loss. Have below zero at KVTN
with single digits over northwest. Remainder of the area in the
teens. Skies begin clearing through the day on Saturday from
southwest to northeast with temperatures rising into the upper 20s
north and 30s south with zonal pattern aloft with Pacific air
moving across western Nebraska Lows in the single digits and teens
again Saturday night into Sunday. An upper trough moves across the
northern plains Saturday night. Temperatures will rise into the
30s Sunday behind the trough as upper ridge and Pacific air move
across western Nebraska. Upper ridge sharpens ahead of deepening
trough over the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures rise into the
upper 30s to upper 40s ahead of an upper trough moving through the
northern plains Monday night into Tuesday with schc -s retained.
Schc -s south again Wednesday with another wave moving through the
central plains. Northwest flow developing late week with
temperatures in the 40s and some 50s south. and schc precip as
waves drop southeast across the northern plains in fast northwest
flow. Nothing real organized.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday evening)
Issued at 545 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

The latest satellite imagery and surface plot shows largely mid-
level and high clouds across western and north central NEB. A
few to scattered low clouds exist in central NEB, however, they
are pushing southward out of the area. Surface winds have
diminished this afternoon with winds 12-20 kts currently observed
across north central NEB and 8 to 12 kts winds observed across
western NEB. VFR conditions are expected to prevail the next 24

Winds will continue to diminish this evening with most sites
expected to report winds under 5 kts by midnight. Winds increase
tomorrow out of the west starting late morning/early afternoon to
9-12 kts across the local forecast area. While VFR conditions are
anticipated to prevail overnight into tomorrow morning, some of
the hi-res guidance indicate the potential for lowering ceilings
and visibility late this evening across the eastern NEB Panhandle
then spreading east after midnight across western NEB. However,
confidence in sub-VFR ceilings and visibility occurring at KLBF
and/or KVTN is low at this time. Will continue to monitor the
situation as the evening progresses.


Issued at 208 PM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

North Platte River at North Platte starting to rise towards action
stage with releases from Lake McConaughy.




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