Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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FXUS65 KGJT 270545

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
1145 PM MDT THU MAY 26 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday night)
Issued at 334 PM MDT Thu May 26 2016

Showers and thunderstorms developed across the forecast area as a
low pressure system moved over the four corners today. The center
of this circulation will track east of the Continental Divide
late this evening, then across southeast Colorado on Friday. As a
result, scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will
continue this evening before diminishing from the west after
midnight. By late evening the chance for thunderstorms will
quickly end as the low center shifts east. Snow is expected above
around 10000 feet, with up to 6 inches possible along the Colorado
mountains from around Vail Pass southward to around Monarch Pass.

On Friday, a transient high pressure ridge will move overhead.
However, wrap around moisture will keep showers and late day
thunderstorms in the forecast, albeit with a modest downturn.
Again mountains will be favored, with little to no activity over
the western valleys. Lingering showers/thunderstorms will wind
down during the evening as daytime heating wanes.

Temperatures will warm a little on Friday as the high pressure
moves overhead. But temps will still stay below normal for late

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through Thursday)
Issued at 334 PM MDT Thu May 26 2016

The long wave trough will reload along the west coast during the
weekend as the next low pressure disturbance develops over
southern California. The flow over our area will quickly become
southwest again by Sat. This relatively unstable flow will carry
enough moisture to keep afternoon convection in the
forecast...mainly along the mountains.

Models show this low weakening as it gradually tracks east early
in the work week. Also a stronger low center over the Pacific
northwest will shift east. As both of these features head east,
high pressure will develop along the west coast. So continued
mainly mountain convection can be expected each afternoon through
Tue. Then the west coast ridge will strengthen and move into the
Great Basin for warmer and drier conditions midweek and beyond.

Temperatures are expected to be a tad below normal during the
weekend, then right around normal through the first half of the
work week. Temps will then climb to just a tad above normal by
the end of the period.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
Issued at 1145 PM MDT Thu May 26 2016

The storm system will work onto the eastern plains morning.
Scattered showers will continue mainly over the mountains through
09z then over the southern mountains until 12z. Snow level will be
around 8000 ft. Mountain tops will be obscured in snow showers.

From 12z-18z VFR conditions dominate with only isolated showers
mainly over the central mountains. Central valleys may see areas
of fog especially at KASE.

From 18z-02z Friday scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms
will again fire over area mountains with a 20-30% chance of brief
impacts at VFR sites. After 02z isolated showers will persist over
area mountains.


.GJT Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
CO...Winter Weather Advisory until 6 AM MDT Friday for COZ010-012.



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