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FXUS63 KOAX 210457

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
1157 PM CDT Fri Apr 20 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Monday)
Issued at 310 PM CDT Fri Apr 20 2018

The chance for rain tonight through Saturday night is the primary
forecast concern through Monday.

Upper low moving across the Four Corners region this afternoon will
be our main weather-maker this weekend as it moves mainly east
across the Southern Plains. In diffluent mid level flow ahead of it,
moisture return was well underway, leading to scattered showers and
thunderstorms across the High Plains aided by vort lobe rotating
toward the Nebraska Panhandle. Several of these impulses will likely
eject into the Plains through Saturday night, with each bringing
a chance for showers to parts of Nebraska and western Iowa before
low settles toward eastern Oklahoma later Saturday night.

Instability progs suggest little if any chance for thunderstorms
across our area, with the focus most in line with steeper lapse
rates nearer cold core aloft and where lower level theta-e is
maximized with daytime heating, mainly south and west of our CWA.

Thus will maintain our current forecast trend of increasing rain
chances tonight into Saturday with approach of system into the
Plains, then decreasing chances as low drifts farther away from our
area Saturday night.

The rest of the period through Monday appears to remain dry with
warming temperatures. Highs Saturday will most likely remain in the
50s as rain and clouds hinder insolation. We should gain a category
or two both Sunday and Monday as more sunshine is realized each

.LONG TERM...(Monday night through Friday)
Issued at 310 PM CDT Fri Apr 20 2018

Upper flow pattern turns cooler for us next week as a couple of
significant mid level troughs drop through the Plains with cooler
air to follow each. However temperatures are not expected to be
drastically colder than normal late April values.

Models are in fairly good agreement in showing this weekend`s upper
low drifting east into the southeastern U.S. Monday night. Behind
it, a strong shortwave will drop southeast into our region Tuesday
afternoon, with another to follow on Thursday. Best chances for
precipitation will come with Tuesday system as sufficient moisture
will linger in the Plains behind southeastern upper low. However
Thursday system will likely produce at least scattered precipitation
as well. Both days there appears to be limited instability, so
widespread thunder is not anticipated. Also, colder airmasses will
follow each system dropping 850 temps by 5C or so each time. But
both GFS and ECMWF indicated sub-0C 850 temps by Friday morning,
suggesting the potential for lows getting close to freezing.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Saturday night)
Issued at 1146 PM CDT Fri Apr 20 2018

Diffluent flow from the upper level low as it slowly moves from
Colorado into Kansas/Oklahoma will spread a few showers and
sprinkles into eastern Nebraska affecting the TAF sites through
Saturday. VFR conditions continue with mainly mid and high clouds
and ceilings at or above fl050. VCSH was mentioned more at
KLNK/KOMA after 12Z with a prob30 shra at KLNK 16-20Z. East winds
continue through the period mostly in the 5 to 13kt range...with
some higher gusts at KOFK after 17Z.




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