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FXUS63 KOAX 181742

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
1242 PM CDT Wed Apr 18 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Friday)
Issued at 300 AM CDT Wed Apr 18 2018

Latest winter storm was moving across the region at 07Z with
radar loop showing area of mixed precipitation lifting east
northeast ahead of strong shortwave trough over central Nebraska.
Surface low over northeast Kansas has shown a tendency toward
weakening the past few hours and will need to monitor if this
trend continues this morning as it tracks across northern

Models continue to show this system moving fairly quickly to the
east today with snow expected to diminish through the morning.
Main area of snow still looks to be across the far north with
totals in the 3 to 5 inch range expected then decreasing to around
an inch from Columbus to Harlan IA. Will continue with the
current advisory for northern parts of the area through 18Z. Winds
will also be diminishing through the day today as the system
moves off and gradient eases over the area.

Once this system moves off tonight high pressure will build into
the region through Thursday with mid level ridge axis over the
plains region ahead of the next strong upper trough in the western
CONUS. Moisture is pulled north ahead of this trough over the
western high plains from Texas to the western Dakotas. This band
of showers and thunderstorms will approach western parts of the
area on Friday but expect area to remain dry during the day on

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 300 AM CDT Wed Apr 18 2018

PoPs begin to increase for the area Friday night as the broad
upper system approaches the the central and southern plains.
Latest model runs have this system move into the southern plains
on Saturday with the rain chances shifting south during the day.
Since stronger forcing and better moisture will remain to our
south rainfall will be on the light side. Dry weather then
indicated for Sunday and Monday before the next cold front moves
into the area with another chance of showers and thunderstorms
late Monday night and Tuesday. No snow expected this time.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Thursday afternoon)
Issued at 1223 PM CDT Wed Apr 18 2018

MVFR conditions at all sites trending toward VFR this evening.
Light snow showers will affect KOFK and KOMA today, ending at OFK
by 20z however light snow may persist at KOMA through the
afternoon. A brisk 15 knot north wind could gust over as 25 knots
at all sites. Gusty winds will die down by about 03z. VFR
conditions move into KLNK by 22z and KOFK and KOMA by 03z.
Potential also exists for MVFR to IFR conditions affecting KOFK
and KOMA overnight after 04z with clouds scattering and becoming
VFR toward daybreak.


NE...Winter Weather Advisory until 1 PM CDT this afternoon for NEZ011-

IA...Winter Weather Advisory until 1 PM CDT this afternoon for IAZ043.



LONG TERM...Fobert
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