613  
FXUS01 KWBC 290754  
PMDSPD  
 
SHORT RANGE FORECAST DISCUSSION  
NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD  
354 AM EDT FRI MAR 29 2019  
 
VALID 12Z FRI MAR 29 2019 - 12Z SUN MAR 31 2019  
 
...SNOW IS EXPECTED FOR THE ROCKIES INTO THE CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS  
ON FRIDAY...  
 
...RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST ACROSS THE CENTRAL/EASTERN  
U.S. THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK...  
 
...A COLD FRONT WILL BRING COOLER THAN AVERAGE TEMPERATURES TO THE  
ROCKIES AND PLAINS, WITH WARM TEMPERATURES IN THE EAST...  
 
ON FRIDAY, A COLD UPPER-LEVEL TROUGH WILL MOVE THROUGH THE  
INTERMOUNTAIN WEST, CAUSING PRECIPITATION MAINLY IN THE FORM OF  
SNOW ACROSS THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ROCKIES, WITH RAIN SHOWERS IN  
LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEST. SNOW TOTALS OF 6 TO 10  
INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN PARTS OF WYOMING, WITH 2 TO 6 INCHES OF  
SNOW FORECAST FOR THE CENTRAL ROCKIES. ACCUMULATING SNOW IS ALSO  
EXPECTED TO SPREAD INTO THE CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS BY FRIDAY EVENING  
AND NIGHT; A FEW INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE THERE.  
 
A STATIONARY FRONT IS EXPECTED TO LINGER ACROSS THE PLAINS, MIDDLE  
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY, AND OHIO VALLEY ON FRIDAY, BEFORE UPPER-LEVEL  
ENERGY COMES IN TO PUSH THE FRONT EASTWARD ON SATURDAY. ON FRIDAY  
WIDESPREAD RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED IN THOSE AREAS, AND  
SEVERE WEATHER AND FLASH FLOODING ARE BOTH POSSIBLE. THE STORM  
PREDICTION CENTER HAS OUTLOOKED A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER IN  
PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN/CENTRAL PLAINS TO MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY,  
WHILE A SLIGHT RISK OF EXCESSIVE RAINFALL IS IN PLACE MAINLY FOR  
PORTIONS OF MISSOURI. THE RAIN COULD EXACERBATE ONGOING FLOODING  
ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI AND MISSOURI RIVER BASINS. AS THE FRONT  
MOVES EASTWARD ON SATURDAY, THESE AREAS WILL DRY OUT, WHILE THE  
EASTERN SEABOARD WILL SEE INCREASING CHANCES OF RAIN ALONG THE  
FRONT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT.  
 
ELSEWHERE, THE SOUTHERN HIGH PLAINS IS EXPECTING ELEVATED TO  
CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ON FRIDAY, WHERE DRY AIR AND HIGH  
WINDS ARE LIKELY. THE GREAT LAKES COULD SEE SOME LIGHT TO MODERATE  
SNOW THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK AS A CLIPPER SYSTEM MOVES  
THROUGH, AND ADDITIONAL SNOW IS POSSIBLE ON THE BACKSIDE OF THE  
FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE NORTHEAST.  
 
TEMPERATURE-WISE, COOLER THAN AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE  
EXPECTED TO FOCUS IN THE NORTHERN/CENTRAL ROCKIES AND PLAINS ON  
FRIDAY, WHILE THE SOUTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST AND NORTHEASTWARD INTO  
THE MID-ATLANTIC WILL BE WARMER THAN AVERAGE. AS THE COLD FRONT  
PUSHES SOUTH AND EASTWARD ON SATURDAY, COOLER TEMPERATURES WILL  
SPREAD TO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND INTO THE UPPER/MIDDLE  
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY, WHILE THE EAST SEES ONE MORE DAY OF  
TEMPERATURES GENERALLY 10 TO 15 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
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