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FXUS63 KOAX 241147

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
647 AM CDT Tue Apr 24 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Thursday)
Issued at 311 AM CDT Tue Apr 24 2018

A well-defined vorticity maximum over the northern High Plains
early this morning is forecast to translate south-southeast into
the NE Sandhills tonight before reaching central KS by midday
Wednesday. In the low levels, an associated surface low was located
over central SD as of 07z with a trailing cold front which extended
southwest into east-central CO. Ahead of the front and mid-level
system, mosaic radar data indicated a band of showers from central
SD into central and southwest NE.

Given an antecedent dry air mass (i.e. PW values < 0.50") in place
across the mid MO Valley, and that the primary band of forcing for
ascent will remain to our west today, it appears that the best
chance for measurable precipitation will remain across our
northwest counties at least into late afternoon. Temperatures
will range from the upper 60s to mid 70s ahead of the front to
mid to upper 50s behind it where clouds and areas of precipitation
will limit daytime heating.

By this evening into overnight, consensus of model guidance
indicates the best precipitation chances across our western
counties, decreasing with eastward extent into western IA. Rain
will be the predominant precipitation type, though a little wet
snow could mix in over far northeast NE toward daybreak

On Wednesday, the precipitation should end from north to south
across the area as the stronger forcing for ascent associated with
the mid-level trough shifts to the south of the NE-KS state line.
Highs should be in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

By Thursday, another short-wave trough embedded within a
prevailing northwesterly mid-level flow regime will translate
through the area in tandem with a surface cold front. We will
indicate slight chance to low-end chance PoPs along the front with
gusty northwest winds developing within the post-frontal air

.LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Monday)
Issued at 311 AM CDT Tue Apr 24 2018

By Friday into the weekend, 00z model guidance is suggestive that
a mid-level ridge will overspread the Great Plains from the west,
supporting generally warmer and dry conditions. However, by Sunday
into Monday we begin to see dispersive model solutions with regard
to the evolution of the upper-air pattern. It does appear that we
will see an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms during
the early to middle part of the upcoming week. However, details
remain quite uncertain at this juncture.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Wednesday morning)
Issued at 640 AM CDT Tue Apr 24 2018

Showers will gradually increase in coverage today, eventually
making it to all three TAF sites. VFR conditions today with
thickening clouds. MVFR condition expected later this afternoon
with the showers at KOFK and these lower ceilings may develop as
well at KOMA and KLNK this evening. Light and variable winds will
turn to the northwest at around 10kts and there may be periods of
gusty winds. Followed the RAP/HRRR winds gusts after 15Z at KOFK
and after 19z/21z at KLNK and KOMA.




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