391  
FXUS01 KWBC 080728  
PMDSPD  
 
SHORT RANGE FORECAST DISCUSSION  
NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD  
228 AM EST THU FEB 08 2018  
 
VALID 12Z THU FEB 08 2018 - 12Z SAT FEB 10 2018  
 
...WINTER STORM WILL SPREAD FROM THE ROCKIES INTO THE GREAT LAKES  
REGION OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS...  
   
..WARM TEMPERATURES EXPECTED FOR THE WESTERN AND EASTERN U.S
 
 
HIGHER ELEVATION SNOW WILL CONTINUE ALONG THE NORTHERN ROCKIES  
TODAY AS A ARCTIC BOUNDARY DRAPES ALONG THE MOUNTAIN RANGE. AS  
ENERGY FROM THE UPPER LEVEL LOW BEGINS TO PUSH SOUTHWARD BY  
THURSDAY EVENING, SO WILL THE BOUNDARY IN ADDITION TO SNOW  
SPREADING INTO THE PLAINS. BY FRIDAY, AN INTENSE BAND OF SNOW WILL  
ADVANCE ACROSS PARTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND INTO THE LOWER  
GREAT LAKES REGION--IMPACTING AREAS LIKE CHICAGO AND DETROIT. THIS  
BAND OF SNOW WILL BE BRIEF AND END BY THE END OF THE DAY; HOWEVER,  
A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF SNOW IS EXPECTED. MEANWHILE, HIGHER  
ELEVATION SNOW ALONG THE NORTHERN ROCKIES WILL BEGIN TO TAPER OFF  
BY FRIDAY EVENING. LIGHTER SNOW SHOWERS WILL ALSO CONTINUE  
SOUTHWARD INTO NEBRASKA AND KANSAS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT  
THIS EVENT, PLEASE SEE WPC'S WINTER WEATHER PRODUCTS.  
 
AS THE ARCTIC COLD FRONT PROGRESSES SOUTHWARD INTO THE SOUTHERN  
PLAINS ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND INTO SATURDAY MORNING, MOISTURE FROM  
THE GULF OF MEXICO WILL STREAM NORTHWARD. AS A RESULT, A WINTRY  
MIX IS POSSIBLE PARTICULARLY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA OVERNIGHT  
FRIDAY AND INTO SATURDAY MORNING. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CAN  
ALSO BE EXPECTED ACROSS THE WESTERN AND CENTRAL GULF COAST.  
 
THE WEST WILL REMAIN WARM AND DRY THROUGH SATURDAY AS HIGH  
TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE 10 TO 20 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE.  
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WILL BECOME NEAR NORMAL ON FRIDAY AS LIGHT  
PRECIPITATION MOVES INTO THE REGION ON FRIDAY. THE EAST COAST AND  
SOUTHEAST WILL ALSO EXPERIENCE WARM CONDITIONS ON FRIDAY AND  
SATURDAY. IN CONTRAST, THE PLAINS AND UPPER MIDWEST WILL BE BELOW  
AVERAGE DUE TO THE ARCTIC AIRMASS MOVING OVER THE REGION THROUGH  
SATURDAY--WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES AS MUCH AS 30 DEGREES BELOW  
AVERAGE.  
 
REINHART  
 
GRAPHICS AVAILABLE AT  
WWW.WPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/BASICWX/BASICWX_NDFD.PHP  

 
 
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