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National Weather Service Omaha/valley NE
542 am CST Monday Feb 8 2016

Short term...(today through wednesday)
issued at 345 am CST Monday Feb 8 2016

The primary forecast concern is the continuation of strong
winds and areas of blowing snow today.

08/00z 500-mb analysis showed the primary area of height falls
located from the middle-MO to middle-MS valleys in association with a
rapidly amplifying middle-level trough over the central part of the
nation. A 90-95 knots jet streak observed at 500 mb from the Ozark
Plateau into northern High Plains will progress into the Gulf Coast
states...contributing to the development of a major trough across
the eastern half of the U.S. Over the next 24-36 hours. Weak middle-level
perturbations on the backside of this evolving storm system in
conjunction with steep low-level lapse in the lowest 1-1.5 km above ground level
have contributed to northwest-se-oriented convective snow bands from
southeastern South Dakota/southwestern Minnesota into northwestern MO early this morning.

Consensus of latest convection-allowing model guidance is suggestive
that the bulk of the snow showers should shift to the south of the
area by middle morning. Nonetheless...the recent dusting of snow
coupled with the strong northwest winds will continue reduce
visibilities...so we will temporally extend the current Winter
Weather Advisory until noon. Otherwise...09z metar data across the
region indicate sustained winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour with gusts as high
as 40-45 miles per hour. While the surface pressure gradient will gradually
relax today...the onset of diurnal mixing of the boundary-layer will
promote the downward Transfer of higher-momentum flow aloft. The net
result will be advisory-criteria wind speeds continuing today
areawide. As such...we will temporally extend the Wind Advisory in
effect for northeast Nebraska from 18z to 23z. Speaking of
mixing...this process has kept temperatures in the upper 20s to
lower 30s early this morning. And while we may some decrease in
clouds from west-to-E across the area today...weak cold advection in
the low levels will offset any diabatic warming with only a small
uptick in temperatures anticipated this afternoon.

Only a slight eastward shift of the large-scale trough is forecast from
tonight through Wednesday...and as mentioned above...this will
result in gradually decreasing wind speeds beginning tonight. We
will remain on the western periphery of a cold Continental air mass
present over much of the eastern U.S into middle week...so highs will
remain in the 20s and 30s. There is some indication in NAM and
GFS guidance that an increase in lower to middle-level frontogenesis
could Foster a band of light snow from central South Dakota into north-central and
perhaps northestern Nebraska Tuesday night into Wednesday. The European model (ecmwf) and
short-range ensemble guidance maintain a dry forecast...which is
the way we will lean at this time.

Long term...(wednesday night through sunday)
issued at 345 am CST Monday Feb 8 2016

The medium-range models are in reasonably good agreement through
about Friday with respect to the large-scale pattern. In
general...these data indicate the gradual eastward shift and Delaware-
amplification of the eastern U.S. Trough through Thursday before the
trough re-intensifies Friday into this weekend over the eastern third of
the nation. We will see a gradual transition to northwesterly flow in the middle-
levels with a number of weak perturbations translating southeastward through
this flow regime. While the chance for precipitation will not be
high with these transitory systems...they will augment the location
of the mean low-level baroclinic zone. Details in the timing of
these features vary from model-to-model...and as such...confidence
in our temperature forecasts remains rather low.

Saturday and Sunday...there are indications that a short-wave trough
will temporarily dampen the western U.S. Ridge...prior to tracking into
the north-central U.S. The deterministic GFS is similar to the gefs mean
in suggesting that this impulse will be rather low-amplitude in
character. In contrast...the European model (ecmwf) depicts a much more amplified
solution which would bring a chance of precipitation to the area
Sunday. Certainty in either solution remains low at this time.

&&

Aviation...(12z tafs for kofk...klnk and koma.)
Issued at 541 am CST Monday Feb 8 2016

Gusty northwest winds will continue through all of today...with
speeds/gusts decreasing a notch after sunset...then finally losing
the gusts with speeds falling to 12-15kt after around 06-08z.
Occasional light snow/flurries are possible at koma/klnk this
morning...along with MVFR ceilings. VFR conditions are expected
from later this afternoon through the rest of the taf cycle.

&&

Oax watches/warnings/advisories...
NE...Winter Weather Advisory until noon CST today for nez015-034-045-
052-053-067-068.

Wind Advisory from noon today to 5 PM CST this afternoon for
nez015-034-045-052-053-067-068.

Wind Advisory until 5 PM CST this afternoon for nez011-012-
016>018-030>033-042>044-050-051-065-066-078-088>093.

Iowa...Winter Weather Advisory until noon CST today for iaz043-055-056-
069-079-080-090-091.

Wind Advisory from noon today to 5 PM CST this afternoon for
iaz043-055-056-069-079-080-090-091.

&&

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Short term...Mead
long term...Mead
aviation...Mayes

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