Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
328 PM CDT Thu Apr 19 2018

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 327 PM CDT Thu Apr 19 2018

A closed upper level low will be located along the UT/CO border area
by early Friday morning. Expect a rapid increase in moisture across
the region tonight ahead of this system, with PWATS increasing to
around 0.70" by Friday morning across much of western Nebraska. This
is well above average for this time of year, with the April 20th
daily record at North Platte being 0.86." Models indicate that
decent mid level FGEN will develop eastward cross the area during
the day Friday, along with deep isentropic upglide and mixing ratios
increasing to around 4g/kg. Rain should quickly develop across far
western NE by mid morning, spreading eastward through the day.
Farther east, generally east of hwy 183 from Bassett to Broken Bow,
low level dry air will be in place, and have a much lower chance for
rain in these areas. The NAM may be over doing it on the dynamic
cooling, and changes rain to snow across the western Sandhills and
eastern Panhandle during the day. This is likely due to the heavier
precipitation rates within that model, and thus cools the column and
changes rain over to snow. This doesn`t really have any support,
even from the other hi-res models, and not confident to go all snow
but will have a mix of rain and snow. Otherwise a chilly day,
especially western areas with moist upslope easterly flow.

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 327 PM CDT Thu Apr 19 2018

Models in good agreement with system continuing to track into the
Texas Panhandle then east across Oklahoma. This will place western
Nebraska on the northern side and the cooler air with little
convective chances. Temperatures remain the significant factor in
precipitation type. Dynamic cooling with mid level forcing could
change rain over to or just mix with snow Friday night. All guidance
lows hovering around 34. Slow progression with quasi cutoff low will
keep precipitation over western Nebraska through Saturday evening.
Higher qpf over the southwest zones. Highs Saturday in the 50s and
the 60s on Sunday as the upper low moves away. Next system moves
through Monday night into Tuesday. Possibility over the eastern
Nebraska Panhandle of thunderstorms. Fast moving northern stream
system with warm air. Highs in the 60s Monday and the 50s on
Tuesday. System closes off and slows Tuesday with some deformation
zone showers lingering through Wednesday morning over north central
zones. Normal temperatures into the end of the week as a Pacific
ridge builds east.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 131 PM CDT Thu Apr 19 2018

VFR conditions with only scattered high cirrus clouds are expected
through the rest of today. Some increase in mid level clouds will
occur tonight, but still expect VFR conditions to prevail. The
next storm system arrives Friday, with rain and MVFR conditions
spreading east. Low level drier air off to the east should keep
most of the MVFR ceilings generally west of hwy 83, including the
KLBF and KVTN terminals. This could change after 18Z Friday
afternoon as the low levels begin to moisten up.




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