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FXUS63 KOAX 162323

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
623 PM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Monday)
Issued at 306 PM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018

Potent system moving through the region today creating areas of
freezing rain and thunderstorms across our CWA. At 19z, the
surface low was centered over north-central Kansas with the upper
low just to the north of the surface low. Freezing rain has been
limited to extreme northeast Nebraska but have gotten a few
reports of light icing on elevated surfaces in western Iowa. A few
bands will continue to pivot north across the area, but feel
current headlines will work-out as freezing rain gradually changes
over to sleet along the SD/Neb border, so only a little
additional icing is expected yet this afternoon. As the main low
continues to slide east overnight, cooler air dropping south will
turn precipitation over to a sleet or snow mix before
precipitation ends all-together as the system pulls east.

Weak high pressure moves overhead for Saturday however another
system approaches the region later this weekend. This low will drift
east across Kansas with most of the precipitation falling as rain
through Monday.

.LONG TERM...(Monday night through Friday)
Issued at 306 PM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018

A secondary upper-level trough will drop south out of the
Northern Plains bringing a chance for light snow to the area
Monday night through Tuesday.

Yet another short-wave takes aim at the area for late next week
bringing another chance of precipitation to the region.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday evening)
Issued at 621 PM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018

Mostly IFR conditions continue for most of the TAF period.
Freezing rain, ice pellets and snow possible at KOFK, and rain,
ice pellets and snow possible at KLNK and KOFK. Precip ends
altogether by 04-07z. Conditions eventually lift to MVFR at
KLNK/KOMA by 19-21z.


NE...Winter Weather Advisory until 1 AM CDT Saturday for NEZ015>018.

     Winter Storm Warning until 1 AM CDT Saturday for NEZ011-012.



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