Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KLBF 231741

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
1141 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

Issued at 1140 CST Thu Feb 23 2017

Widespread light snow across the northwest Sandhills and north
where snow fall reports show 4 to 8 inches of snow has fallen
under from southern Sheridan County northeast through Cherry
County. This afternoon the snow will develop across the southwest
and north central. Forecast updated for slightly cooler
temperatures otherwise forecast on track.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 358 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

The model consensus suggests the h700mb would track far enough south
to affect Custer County tonight. The model blend puts 4 to 8 inches
of snow in that area. Custer County has been added to the Winter
Storm Warning.

The slightly south trend in the model solutions could actually spare
Holt and Boyd Counties somewhat. WPC suggested 8 to 10 inches of
snow in that area. Temperatures this morning are running a degree or
two cooler than forecast suggesting snow will be the operative Ptype
for this event and in fact...snow is underway at Valentine and
Ainsworth with temperatures below freezing. The snow is sticking to
the roads in Rushville where temperatures are in the mid 20s but not
at Pine Ridge where it is 30F.

The forecast is fairly similar to the previous forecast with the 12-
18 inches forecast from ONeill to Hay Springs. Heavy snow should be
underway along much of highway 20 by daylight. The RAP40 model shows
fairly strong frontogenesis setting up along the SD border by 18z
and this forcing in conjunction with the H700mb low tracking along
or near I-80 is the genesis for heavy snow. The RAP13 and HRRR
models show 15 to 20 inches of snow today along highway 20 west of

The forcing of the H700mb low is the basis for the winter storm in
Custer County. Some models dont favor that feature while other do.
The RAP13 does not. Winds are forecast to remain at 15 to 25 mph
today through Friday. This was using a blend of guidance plus bias
correction. A blend of MOSGuide...the RAP...GFS and dngNAM was the
basis for gusts to around 35 mph tonight east of highway 83 which
suggested Custer County should be included in the Winter Storm

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Wednesday)
Issued at 358 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

Main concern this forecast period is the end time of the snow and
wind speeds. Precipitation should taper off across the northwest
forecast area by afternoon as the surface Low continues to translate
northeastward towards the Great Lakes region. By Friday night all
precipitation should be off to the south and east of our forecast
area. Winds will be breezy around 15 to 25 mph out of the
north...which could lead to patchy areas of blowing snow.

Lows will be quite chilly Friday night with temperatures in the
single digits to low teens. After that temperatures should rebound
to near normal through the weekend. The next chance for
precipitation comes on Tuesday in association with an upper level


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 1124 AM CST Thu Feb 23 2017

IFR ceilings will continue across western Nebraska through Friday
afternoon as a winter storm moves through the area. Periods of
heavy snow and gusty north winds will greatly reduce visibility,
especially for the northern terminals, KVTN, KANW, KONL. Light to
moderate snow will expand south this evening to affect KLBF, KBBW,


Winter Weather Advisory until 6 PM CST /5 PM MST/ Friday for

Winter Storm Warning until 6 PM CST /5 PM MST/ Friday for



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