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000 FXUS63 KOAX 161102 AFDOAX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE 602 AM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018 .SHORT TERM...(Today through Sunday) Issued at 245 AM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018 Main forecast concern and challenge will be temperatures and precip type for today and tonight. Surface low pressure was located in far NW Kansas near the Nebraska border at 07Z with upper circulation moving into western Kansas. Bands of showers with isolated thunder in south central Nebraska have been increasing over the area as jet max begins to punch into north central Kansas. Showers expected to be wide spread over the area at the start of the period with main uncertainty being type of precip in far northeast Nebraska. Will keep headlines as is for now but short range forecast soundings keep surface temperatures at or above freezing for most of the northeast Nebraska area for much of the day allowing for intermittent periods of freezing rain and rain. Extent of icing will depend on intensity of precip and temperatures with no significant cooling indicated at this time during the day. Precip likely to remain all liquid elsewhere across the area today with some chance of a period of mixed precip spreading into parts of the east tonight as the system tracks toward western Illinois. Upper ridging and warmer temperatures return to the area for the weekend but next chance of rain is back by Sunday afternoon as another strong upper level wave moves across the southern Rockies. .LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Thursday) Issued at 245 AM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018 Another period of wet weather is likely Sunday night into Tuesday as yet another strong late winter system comes out of the southern Rockies and across the southern plains. This system will start out bringing mainly showers to the area through Monday before changing to all snow by Monday night and Tuesday as colder air follows behind the main low. At this point snowfall looks to be limited. Warmer temperatures return by Wednesday and look to stay around through the rest of the work week, although rain chances increase by Friday. && .AVIATION...
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(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Saturday morning) Issued at 559 AM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018 MVFR to IFR conditions will prevail across the area through much of the period as low pressure moves east across northern Kansas and northern Missouri. Periods of freezing rain possible at times at KOFK.
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NE...Winter Weather Advisory until 1 AM CDT Saturday for NEZ015>018. Winter Storm Warning until 1 AM CDT Saturday for NEZ011-012. IA...None.
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