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    Reported at Scottsbluff, Heilig Field, NE
    10:53 AM MST MON OCT 23 2017
  • 55°F13°C
  • Clear
  • Feels Like:55°F13°CDew Point:19°F-7°CHumidity:24% Winds:NNW 26 mph G 3742 kph G 60Pressure:30.39 in1029 hPaVisibility:10.00 miles16090.00 meters
  • Area Forecast Discussion

1143 AM MDT Mon Oct 23 2017

Issued at 1046 AM MDT Mon Oct 23 2017

We are sending out a quick update to adjust wind speeds a bit this
afternoon. Latest satellite loop was showing the clouds clearing
out across southern Wyoming. This trend should persist this
afternoon and allow for greater mixing and gusty winds in
southeast Wyoming Have been pondering on issuing a high wind
warning for the Nebraska Panhandle this afternoon, but the low
level water vapor loop is not depicting that strong of elevated
mixed layer yet. For now, we will keep an eye on this.

UPDATE Issued at 735 AM MDT Mon Oct 23 2017

Latest radar loop/observations was showing a few snow showers
taking place in northern Laramie County. These snow showers should
be fairly brief and produce little if any snow accumulation.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and Tuesday night)
Issued at 330 AM MDT Mon Oct 23 2017

Sharp cold frontal boundary now seen clearly on radar tracking
southward across the Wyoming and Nebraska plains. Winds have
switched to the north behind the front at about 25 mph and this
should finally put an end to the strong westerly winds we have
seen over the past 24 hours. GFS and NAM CAG-CPR gradients
diminish significantly between 3 and 6 AM and already seeing winds
fall below high wind criteria in the wind prone areas. While there
may be a rogue gust to 60 between 4 and 6 this morning, think the
threat of widespread high winds is diminishing and will let the
warning expire on time.

Flow at all levels becomes more NW today as the core of a strong
140kt jet moves over the eastern Panhandle counties. Thus the
threat of strong winds will shift east this afternoon during peak
mixing. Winds from Alliance to Sidney this afternoon will likely
gust between 50 and 55 mph at times, just below high wind
criteria. Forecast soundings from the GFS show deep mixing up to
around 9kft which may be able to tap into 50kt flow around 650mb.
For now, held off on headlines as the GFS has shown a propensity
to over mix the boundary layer.

Heights rise aloft on Tuesday as the jet core shifts east and
ridging builds over the intermountain west. It will still be
breezy over the Panhandle but winds should be much less than
today. Temperatures will remain seasonable with no chance for

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday through Sunday)
Issued at 330 AM MDT Mon Oct 23 2017

Another high wind event looking likely Wednesday ahead of our next
cold front. GFS Craig to Casper 850/700mb gradients increase above
60mtrs as early as 15Z Wednesday. Did increase winds in our wind
prone areas for most of the day Wednesday as confidence growing in
hitting criteria in those locations.

Fairly fast movement of front through southeast Wyoming Wednesday
night into Thursday. ECMWF still the most bullish on QPF/snow
amounts, though both the GFS and the current ECMWF run have
lowered snow amounts considerably. EC showing maybe up to 2 inches
across Carbon County with this event.

Not as cold Friday as previous model runs have indicated. Latest
GFS showing 700mb temperatures only falling to around -10C and EC
around -12C. This is about 10C warmer than 24 hours ago, so maybe
we won`t see those very cold temperatures after all. Still cold
though, with overnight lows in the teens for most locations Friday

Northwest flow stays with us through the weekend with a slow
warming trend into Sunday. Conditions look to remain dry with this


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Tuesday afternoon)
Issued at 1137 AM MDT Mon Oct 23 2017

Latest satellite loop was showing the cloud cover gradually
thinning out. This will allow for good mixing to take place this
afternoon. Would not be surprised to see a few gusts to 40kts this
afternoon especially in the Nebraska Panhandle near KSNY and KAIA.
Wind speeds should diminish this evening as surface high pressure
settles over the area. Wind speeds should be less tomorrow as the
upper level ridge builds over the region.


Issued at 226 AM MDT Mon Oct 23 2017

Elevated fire weather conditions will develop over the Nebraska
Panhandle this afternoon. RH values will fall to around 20 percent
and NW winds of 25 to 35 mph with higher gusts are expected.
Cooler temperatures will keep RH values from falling into the
critical range. It will continue to be dry with a warming trend
through Wednesday. Elevated to locally critical fire weather
conditions are possible on Wednesday east of the Laramie Range as
stronger westerly winds overlap areas with RH values between 15
and 20 percent.