Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KCYS 160550

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Cheyenne WY
1150 PM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017

Issued at 1144 PM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017

Strong convection is firing late this evening ahead of a 70 kt
upper jet streak punching into western WY. Weak elevated CAPE in
the presence of strong shear and low level frontogenesis will
continue the threat for stronger storms over the Panhandle into
the wee hours of the morning. Already had reports of half dollar
size hail with transient elevated supercell structures the
southern Panhandle late this evening. NAM also indicating the
potential for some banded precip further west with an area of
negative EPV values overlapping with some mid level frontogenesis.
With all this in mind, have bumped POP up to categorical east of
the Laramie Range for the rest of the night.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday night)
Issued at 245 PM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017

Just a few showers noted so far this afternoon over parts of the
CWA as the area is likely seeing some subsidence behind a
departing shortwave ejecting north over the northern high plains.
Another wave over Utah should bring another round of mainly
showers to the CWA this evening, with some snow possible over the
highest peaks. Little accumulation expected however. Pcpn should
end Saturday morning with the passage of the main upper trough. A
cold front will move across the CWA this evening with mins falling
into the 40s over much of the CWA, with some 30s over western

Saturday will feature mild temperatures across the CWA with some
fairly breezy winds out west in the afternoon as decent westerly
mid level flow mixes down. The winds will drop off in the evening
with clearing skies setting up a chilly night Saturday night. Mins
could get close to or even a bit below freezing in low lying areas
such as Alliance and western valley locations Sunday morning.
Return flow during the day Sunday will allow warmer temperatures
over the plains as upper flow backs to southwesterly.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Friday)
Issued at 245 PM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017

Looking at a rather active week weather-wise, especially from
Tuesday onward. Southwest flow aloft will provide dry and warm
conditions to start the work week. A vigorous upper level jet will
carve out a fairly deep trough from the northern Rockies to the
southern Great Basin Tuesday. A Pacific cold front will surge
southeast across the CWA Tuesday night, accompanied by scattered
showers. Instability for thunder will be marginal at best. High
temperatures Wednesday will be 10 degrees cooler compared to
Tuesday. The upper trough lifts northeast into the northern Great
Plains and upper Midwest later Wednesday, with the next upper jet
maxima and trough tracking east then northeast across the CWA
Wednesday night and Thursday with scattered showers. Highest
elevations west of the Laramie Range may see some snow, but no
significant accumulations are expected. The third in a series of
upper troughs will be deeper as it tracks across the Intermountain
West Friday. Shortwave energy in deepening south-southwest flow will
trigger more shower activity at that time. High temperatures by the
end of next week will trend near to below seasonal normals. Most
days will be breezy, mainly along and west of the Laramie Range.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday evening)
Issued at 550 PM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017

More widespread IFR conditions expected tonight across the
Nebraska Panhandle and east of the Laramie Range. Should start
earlier too with recent rainfall and upsloping winds already
ongoing. Generally followed HRRR guidance on timing/locations of
IFR onset.


Issued at 245 PM MDT Fri Sep 15 2017

A cold front will move across the districts this evening with
showers and possibly a thunderstorm or two behind the front.
Wetting rains look to be rather isolated though. A little snow is
even possible over the highest mountain peaks overnight. Mild and
mainly dry weather is then expected Saturday and Sunday with some
breezy afternoon winds over western areas.




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