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FXUS65 KBOU 160314

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
914 PM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017

Issued at 903 PM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017

Upper trof over northern rockies and associated jet streak and
cold front will move across Northern Colorado this evening and
overnight. Already, cold front just moving into Northern sections
of the Denver area with winds shifting to the North and Northeast
at 15 to 25 mph. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms
also developing along and behind the front and have added isolated
coverage of storms further south than previously indicated.
Showers also increasing over the mountains with some light snow
accum possible over higher elevations. Still expect stratus to
develop later tonight over the plains.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday)
Issued at 347 PM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017

Forecast is looking good. Only minor changes at this time for
cloud cover, slightly cooler temperatures tonight and Saturday,
and a little more wind behind the front during the night.

A shortwave trough will move over the Rockies this evening. There
is a band of moisture with the trough that should bring scattered
showers to the central mountains, and a better organized batch of
showers to areas north of Berthoud Pass. There is also a little
cooling, so the snow level will likely fall to between 9 and 10
thousand feet. With warm air and surface temperatures, we expect
that accumulations will mainly be above pass levels. Meanwhile a
cold front will move across northeastern Colorado this evening.
This front was pushed northward a bit by the lead shortwave this
morning, but is now accelerating southward. Northeast Wyoming has
stratus and scattered showers with temperatures in the 40s. The
moisture should be thinner when it gets here, but enough for
stratus Saturday morning, and a chance of showers overnight and
early Saturday in plains areas near the northern border.
Temperature forecast for Saturday is based on the assumption that
the stratus will be thin enough to break up around midday. If that
happens more slowly it will be cooler.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Friday)
Issued at 347 PM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017

30 to 50 knot jet level west to southwesterly flow is progged for
the CWA Saturday night through Sunday night. A weakening upper
trough moves across early Monday. The west to southwesterly flow
aloft returns later Monday and Monday night. The QG Omega fields
show downward motion Saturday evening, then weak upward energy the
rest of Saturday night through Sunday night. Weak downward motion
is progged Monday, then weak upward Monday night. Models keep
easterly low level winds for the plains much of Saturday night.
South and southeasterly winds are forecast on Sunday, then normal
drainage Sunday night. There are more southeasterly winds for
Monday then drainage Monday night. Moisture is limited Saturday
evening, then it increases Sunday afternoon and evening. It is
pretty dry Monday and Monday night. There is some CAPE around
over the southern half of the CWA Saturday evening. On Saturday
evening. SUnday there is pretty good CAPE over the eastern
mountains, foothills and western plains. There is very little CAPE
around Monday and Monday night. QPF fields have a tad of
measurable rainfall over the eastern half of the CWA Saturday
night. There is better coverage late day Sunday for much of the
CWA. Monday and Monday night are dry. For pops, will go with
0-20%s Saturday night, 10-40%s for late day Sunday and nothing on
Monday. For temperatures, Sunday`s highs are 0-1.5 C warmer than
Saturday`s. Monday`s highs warm up 2-5 C over Sunday`s. For the
later days, Tuesday through Friday, models have southwesterly flow
aloft on Tuesday. An upper trough moves across Tuesday night into
Wednesday, then more southwesterly flow aloft dominates Thursday
and Friday. The best chance of precipitation is with the upper
trough is on Wednesday. Temperatures stay pretty warm.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Saturday night)
Issued at 903 PM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017

cold front moving into KDEN right snow with gusts up to 25kt and
will move into BJC/APA during the next hour. Isolated showers and
thunderstorms have developed at KAPA but won`t include into other
terminals given isolated coverage of storms. Still looking for
stratus to develop later tonight behind the front, sometime after


Issued at 347 PM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017

The weekend will be dry but cooler. Southwest winds aloft will
bring warm and very dry weather for the early part of next week.
Breezy conditions are likely, especially in the foothills and
west of the Front Range. A windy day is possible, more likely in
the middle of the week. Red Flag conditions are possible with the
main question mark the amount and timing of the wind. Any
thunderstorm activity should be very limited.




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