Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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FXUS65 KGJT 222133

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
333 PM MDT MON AUG 22 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Tuesday night)
Issued at 333 PM MDT Mon Aug 22 2016

A wet pattern has developed over eastern UT and western CO and
will continue through the week at least. One disturbance passing
today will keep showers and thunderstorms over the area through
the evening. While this activity will diminish by midnight, some
nocturnal showers with a few embedded thunderstorms will be
possible late tonight and Tue morning. Then on Tue the next
disturbance in the form of a upper level shortwave trough will
move over the area. As a result, we can expect to see an uptick in
showers and thunderstorms by the afternoon. Heavy rain will be
possible with the stronger storms. All areas may see good storm
coverage, except the far northern edge along the WY border where
the air mass will remain somewhat drier.

Conditions will again wind down by late Tue evening once the
diurnal effects fade. However the slow moving trough will continue
to allow some nocturnal convection through the late night hours.

Below normal daytime temperatures are expected due to the clouds
and precipitation. Nighttime lows will generally be mild, near to
or slightly above normal.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday through Monday)
Issued at 333 PM MDT Mon Aug 22 2016

While a modest amount of moisture will remain over the area on
Wednesday, a downturn in showers and thunderstorms is expected as
Tue`s trough moves east of the area. That said enough moisture and
better daytime heating will allow some convection. This will
mainly focus on the higher terrain, especially along the
Continental Divide. Temperatures are also expected to warm a
little, but still stay below normal.

A series of low pressure disturbances will pass along the
US/Canada border and will act to reinforce a mean low pressure
trough over the western CONUS into the weekend at least. This will
keep a moist and unsettled, but gentle southwest flow over the
forecast area. Therefore showers and thunderstorms will continue
with the late day hours the most convectively active. The south
will be favored with the north somewhat drier. High temperatures
will stay below normal with lows closer to normal values.

Models indicate a drying trend will begin early next week.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Tuesday afternoon)
Issued at 333 PM MDT Mon Aug 22 2016

Mostly cloudy skies will continue late this afternoon and this
evening as moisture deepens across Eastern Utah and Colorado.
Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will persist into
the evening hours, diminishing after 04z. However some nocturnal
showers with a few embedded thunderstorms are expected overnight
and through Tue morning. The next upper level disturbance will
pass on Tue for an uptick in showers and thunderstorms by the
afternoon. VFR conditions will be the norm through the next 24
hours at area TAF sites. However heavy rain will be possible in
the stronger storms and may bring cigs/vis into the MVFR or even
briefly IFR categories. ILS break points may also be met at
times. Sites most vulnerable to restricted flight conditions are
KTEX, KDRO and KASE. In addition, mountains may be obscured at
times in rain and/or low clouds.


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