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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service GRAND JUNCTION CO
1055 PM MDT Fri Oct 13 2017

Issued at 804 PM MDT Fri Oct 13 2017

Winds have decreased and relative humidity has recovered above 15
percent. Therefore, allowed the Red Flag Warning expire.

UPDATE Issued at 601 PM MDT Fri Oct 13 2017

Winds and relative humidity were slow to drop early this evening
so the Red Flag Warnings have been extended to 8 PM.


.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Saturday night)
Issued at 308 PM MDT Fri Oct 13 2017

Another gorgeous day across the forecast area with plenty of
sunshine and warm temperatures. Winds picked up in the last hour
or so with gusts now reaching 20 to 30 mph. These will continue,
like yesterday, until the early evening hours. After that, clear
skies overnight.

By Saturday morning, a cold front will be just entering
northeastern Utah and will bring a few rain and snow showers to
the eastern Uintas. Minimal qpf and snowfall accumulation is
expected as this front and the atmosphere are so dry. From about
mid-morning towards noon, showers should start falling over the
northern mountains and Flat Tops. Again, not much expected due to
the dryness. Outside of the northern portions of our CWA, a wind
shift from west/southwest to northwest/north will really be the
only indication that a front moved through. We`ll notice it
Saturday night into Sunday morning though as much colder air moves
in. Issued a freeze watch for our final 3 zones that haven`t
achieved a season ending freeze yet. Those zones being the Grand
Valley, Moab, and Canyonlands. Temperatures look to drop into the
upper 20s for those locations while other valleys will drop into
the low to mid 20s and teens for the mountains.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday through Friday)
Issued at 308 PM MDT Fri Oct 13 2017

By Sunday morning, high pressure will start to build in from the
southeast and as early as Sunday afternoon, winds will switch
back to being westerly/southwesterly. We all know what that means,
a return to warmer temperatures. This broad area of high pressure
will remain in control for the entire week as temperatures reach
at or just above normal with plenty of sunshine in the forecast.
The next chance for any precipitation looks to be Friday afternoon
and evening but model solution consistency just isn`t there. More
news to come...


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Saturday night)
Issued at 1055 PM MDT Fri Oct 13 2017

TAF sites will experience VFR conditions and CIGS above ILS
breakpoints over the next 24 hours. However, expect strong, gusty
winds both ahead and behind a cold front sweeping southeastward
across the area late tonight through midday Saturday.


Issued at 804 PM MDT Fri Oct 13 2017

Critical fire weather conditions are possible again Saturday for
the southern fire zones (CO 207 and 295) due to breezy
conditions combined with dry air (i.e. low RH) and fuels. Will
hold off issuing any highlights for now because it took so long
for winds to materialize today and critical fire conditions only
look to occur for 2 to 3 hours tomorrow.


CO...Freeze Watch from late Saturday night through Sunday morning for

UT...Freeze Watch from late Saturday night through Sunday morning for



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