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Short Range Public Discussion
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Short Range Forecast Discussion NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD 300 PM EST Fri Dec 02 2022 Valid 00Z Sat Dec 03 2022 - 00Z Mon Dec 05 2022 ...Critical Fire Weather threat for parts of the Central Plains... ...Coastal rain and heavy mountain snow likely in the West... ...Cool down in store for northern tier and eastern half of country this weekend... Warm, dry and windy conditions, caused by the emergence of a strong cold front from the Rockies will contribute to a critical fire weather threat for parts of southeastern Colorado and southwestern Kansas this afternoon. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories are in effect for much of the Central Plains extending from southeastern Wyoming to the Texas Panhandle. Windy conditions should let up early Saturday morning. Showers and thunderstorms will focus along the aforementioned cold front as it pushes east into the Midwest and East Coast through Saturday. Light to moderate lake effect snow will develop over portions of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan over the next couple of days as winds out of the northwest advect over the relatively warm Lake Superior waters. A slow moving upper-level low will direct Pacific moisture and a low pressure system at the West Coast over the next couple of days. Coastal rain and mountain snow will begin over the Pacific Northwest tonight and end by tomorrow morning. The heaviest snow is likely to occur over the Olympic mountains of Washington where between 6-12 inches are possible. Coastal/low elevation rain and heavy mountain snow will develop over California on Saturday as the upper low taps subtropical Pacific moisture. Some parts of the northern and central-southern California coast may receive between 1-3 inches of rain by Sunday night. Heavy snow picks up over the Sierra late Saturday and into Sunday where between 2-3 feet of snow is likely by Sunday night. Elsewhere, warmer than normal temperatures are likely to come to an end across the Plains tonight as the aforementioned cold front sweeps through the region. The eastern third of the country will suffer the same fate as the Plains on Saturday night as the cold front accelerates off into the Western Atlantic. Rainfall activity picks up over the Southeast early next week. Kebede Graphics available at