Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KGJT 122333

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
433 PM MST Thu Jan 12 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Friday night)
Issued at 400 PM MST Thu Jan 12 2017

Latest IR satellite this afternoon shows a well defined stream of
moisture moving in from the southwest. This has resulted in steady
showers across northern portions of our forecast area over the
past several hours; northeast Utah in particular. An area of low
pressure over California will continue to drop south over the
next few days with models keeping the center of it well out of
our forecast area. We will still feel the effects of this system,
though, as the low keeps pumping moisture into the forecast area
through the short term and into the long term period. In
particular, the abundance of moisture will keep skies overcast and
allow overnight lows tonight to warm slightly.

As far as highlights go, made no changes to the winter advisories
and warnings issued late this morning. Showers will taper off in
the eastern Uinta Basin this evening, so the Winter Weather
Advisory should still be able to drop at 11 pm. Coverage and snowfall
rates will pick up over the northern and central mountains tonight
and early Friday morning with high-resolution models picking up
on a band stretching across I-70. Overall, accumulations on the
magnitude of 6 to 12 inches are expected for these areas through
Friday. Locally higher amounts will be possible, especially at
elevations above 9000ft and on western and southern facing
slopes. Lighter accumulations are expected in the San Juans
tonight and Friday before the heavier precipitation arrives Friday
night into Saturday.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through Thursday)
Issued at 400 PM MST Thu Jan 12 2017

By Saturday, the aforementioned closed low will be south of the
CONUS and start to move back inland on Sunday. The track of this
low will allow for showers to wind down over the northern
mountains Saturday morning while activity persists over the
central and southern mountains. An additional 5 to 10 inches will
fall over the southwest San Juan mountains Friday night and
Saturday. Additional accumulations greater than 12 inches will be
possible above 10000ft, resulting in storm total snowfall
exceeding two feet.

The low will progress across the Texas panhandle by the beginning
of the work week with some wraparound moisture resulting in
lingering showers down south. Weak transitory ridging builds
across the area on Wednesday seeing the return of benign weather
for the first time in a while! This break will be short-lived,
however, as a broad upper level trough moves onshore and brings an
increased chance for clouds and showers for the latter half of the
work week.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Friday evening)
Issued at 432 PM MST Thu Jan 12 2017

Another pessimistic forecast across the forecast terminals this
round as yet the next winter storm impacts the region. Widespread
MVFR to IFR conditions look to dominate the forecast from mid
evening into mid morning on Friday. Improvement will be slow to
come around on Friday with moisture and precipitation still
directed at us. Mountain obscuration will be widespread over the
next 24 hours as well.


CO...Winter Weather Advisory until 2 PM MST Friday for COZ003-004-013.

     Winter Weather Advisory until 5 PM MST Saturday for COZ009-012-

     Winter Storm Warning until 5 PM MST Saturday for COZ019.

UT...Winter Weather Advisory until 2 PM MST Friday for UTZ025.

     Winter Weather Advisory until 11 PM MST this evening for UTZ024.

     Winter Storm Warning until 5 PM MST Friday for UTZ028.



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