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FXUS65 KGJT 211038

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service GRAND JUNCTION CO
338 AM MST Sun Jan 21 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Monday)
Issued at 338 AM MST Sun Jan 21 2018

A busy night as snow continues to fall across much of the forecast
area. The cold front is slowly moving across Colorado at this hour
and is and has been the focus of precipitation for much of the
night. Currently, the front is located from about Meeker southwest
to Grand Junction down to Gateway and then Blanding. Upper level
support is running generally south to north or parallel to the
front as opposed to more perpendicular which is causing the slow
moving lateral movement. Have been toying all night with issuing
an advisory for the Grand Valley as it has been snowing much of
the morning. Webcams do show some minor accumulation on roads but
really nothing too excessive so have held off. Will be interesting
to see what daylight brings. Another concerns is that the
NAMNEST, which is doing very well with this storm, keeps snowfall
in the Grand Valley for the next several hours. Radar does show
the edge of more moderate precip to be just west of Fruita so will
keep an eye on things and issue any highlights as needed. Other
concerns this evening were the Pagosa Springs and Blanding area.
Webcams for both places show some moderate to heavy snowfall and
again, the NAMNEST shows it continuing through the morning hours.
Did issue advisory for those areas through the afternoon for a
quick 3 to 5 inches but expect they`ll be able to be taken down
early once the front pushes completely through. As far as snowfall
is concerned, the winner so far looks to be the eastern Uintas
where 16 inches of new snow has fallen while we just received a
report of 8 inches in the Silverton area. About time considering
how dry this winter has been.

For the rest of today, temperatures will not get much higher once
the sun comes up as cold air advection really kicks in behind the
cold front. This cold air will also kick off some instability
showers (cold air over warm air) and may bring some light to
moderate snowfall to the mountains. For that reason, many
highlights will stay in effect except for eastern Utah and the
northern valleys which should come down a little later this

Monday, weak high pressure builds but some high clouds will come
with it. Most of the CWA will stay dry except for the northern
mountains. A weak shortwave will drop down from Idaho and should
bring some light snowshowers to the Park and Gore Ranges under
favorable northwest flow starting Monday evening and beyond. Some
accumulation is expected. Temperatures will be seasonal for this
time of year.

.LONG TERM...(Monday night through Saturday)
Issued at 338 AM MST Sun Jan 21 2018

A weak shortwave embedded in the northwesterly flow will drop
into northwest Colorado Monday night and produce a quick round of
orographic snow showers along the Continental Divide through
Tuesday morning. High pressure will rebuild over eastern Utah and
western Colorado for Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday and allow
skies to clear and temperatures to moderate. Meanwhile, the next
broad upper level trough will deepen off the coast of the Pacific

This trough will begin to move onshore Wednesday evening and
result in a transition to southwesterly flow over our forecast
area. A 90 to 100kt jet will be ushering this system into the
Great Basin Thursday night and Friday. While extended models
differ in terms of timing with this system, precipitation should
begin to spill into the region Thursday night and Friday morning
with the progression of a cold front. Some decent moisture and
cold air are associated with this trough at this time but have no
doubt there will be changes made in the coming model runs.
Northwesterly flow will set up in the wake of this system on
Saturday and will more than likely keep some orographic showers
going over the northern Colorado mountains. With the passage of
this trough and the associated cold front, temperatures will drop
back to seasonal levels.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Monday morning)
Issued at 338 AM MST Sun Jan 21 2018

TAF sites will remain MVFR/IFR for much of the morning with
conditions improving from west to east following the cold front.
While conditions remain VFR for KASE and KEGE conditions should
start deteriorating from about 16Z onwards as snow moves in
bringing low ceilings and visibilities. Once the front moves
through, instability showers will kick-in causing more MVFR/IFR
conditions for a few TAF sites. Generally, the instability showers
will affect the mountain TAF sites. Widespread VFR will move back
in from between 21Z - 00Z.


CO...Winter Weather Advisory until 10 AM MST this morning for COZ001-

     Winter Weather Advisory until 2 PM MST this afternoon for COZ003-

     Winter Weather Advisory until 9 PM MST this evening for COZ004-

UT...Winter Weather Advisory until 10 AM MST this morning for UTZ025-

     Winter Weather Advisory until 6 AM MST early this morning for

     Winter Storm Warning until 6 AM MST early this morning for

     Winter Weather Advisory until 2 PM MST this afternoon for UTZ022.



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