Area Forecast Discussion
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
329 PM MST MON MAR 2 2015

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY)
ISSUED AT 329 PM MST MON MAR 2 2015

...STRONG WINTER WEATHER SYSTEM TO MOVE ACROSS REGION...

CURRENTLY...

IMPRESSIVE TROUGH JUST OFF THE PACIFIC WEST COAST WAS DIVING
SOUTHEAST THIS AFTERNOON. A VORTMAX WITHIN THIS TROUGH OVER S CALIF
WAS LIFTING NORTHEAST. BAROCLINIC LEAF ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LEAD
WAVE WAS BLOSSOMING OVER THE 4 CORNERS REGION. HEAVY SNOW HAS
RECENTLY REDEVELOPED OVER WOLF CREEK PASS PER CDOT WEB CAMS.

THE LEADING EDGE OF AN ARCTIC AIR MASS (NOTED BY THE IMPRESSIVE
PRESSURE RISES) WAS LOCATED OVER NORTHWEST WYOMING AND WAS MOVING
SOUTHEAST.

THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT...

LEAD SHORTWAVE WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION THIS EVENING INTO THE
EARLY MORNING HOURS. THIS WAVE WILL BRING HEAVY SNOW TO THE SAN
JUANS BETWEEN THROUGH ABOUT MIDNIGHT...WITH THE SNOW DECREASING
DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. I ANTICIPATE INTENSE SNOWFALL RATES
OVER THE SAN JUANS GIVEN ALL OF THE FAVORABLE PARAMETERS IN PLACE. I
ANTICIPATE WE WILL SEE SEVERAL THUNDER SQUALLS (MOST OR ALL IC
FLASHES) GO OVER THE SAN JUANS THIS EVENING...AND THIS IS NOTED IN
THE SPC THUNDER PRODUCTS. I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF WE SEE WELL
OVER A FOOT OF NEW SNOW WITH THIS EVENT THIS EVENING.

SNOW WILL INCREASE OVER THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS LATER TONIGHT AS THE
FLOW ALOFT TRANSITION FROM A SSW FLOW TO MORE OF A ZONAL FLOW...AND
6-12 INCHES OF NEW SNOW IS LIKELY BY SUNRISE.

A COUPLE OF RELATIVELY BRIEF SNOW SQUALLS WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER THE
SAN LUIS VALLEY...WITH THE BEST CHANCE OF SNOW DURING THE LATE
EVENING HOURS...ROUGHLY 8 PM TO MIDNIGHT.

THE SANGRE DE CRISTOS WILL ALSO GET INTO THE ACT...WITH 3 TO 6
INCHES OF SNOW LIKELY AT THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS. THE WET MOUNTAINS
AND PIKES PEAK SHOULD SEE VERY LITTLE ACCUMULATING SNOW WITH THIS
EVENT (THEIR SNOW WILL COME TUE EVENING/NIGHT).

AS FOR THE PLAINS...ALTHOUGH I CANNOT RULE OUT A ROGUE SHOWER OR
TWO...ESPECIALLY OVER THE PALMER DIVIDE AND RATON MESA...I DO NOT
EXPECT ANY ACCUM PRECIP ON THE PLAINS WHEN THE FRONT GOES THROUGH
LATER TONIGHT. SIMULATIONS ACTUALLY SHOW VERY DRY DOWNSLOPE AIR
DEVELOPING BEHIND THE PACIFIC FRONT AS IT MOVE EAST OVER THE PLAINS
TONIGHT. THIS FRONT WILL SCOUR OUT ANY REMAINING LOW LEVEL MOISTURE
THAT IS ON THE PLAINS AND IT WILL KEEP THE AIR MIXED...SO TEMPS
TONIGHT WILL REMAIN RELATIVELY MILD...SOME AREAS MAY NOT GET BELOW
FREEZING TONIGHT ACROSS THE LOWER ELEVATIONS.

TOMORROW...

THE ARCTIC COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE EL PASO COUNTY
REGION AROUND THE 10-11 AM TIME FRAME AND WILL DROP SOUTH TO NEW
MEXICO BY MID AFTERNOON. PRECIP WILL DEVELOP BEHIND THE FRONT..BUT
IT WILL LIKELY OCCUR 2-4 HOURS AFTER THE FRONT GOES BY. SNOW WILL
LIKELY DEVELOP OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION
BY MID AFTERNOON AND THE REST OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION BY LATE
AFTERNOON.

THE SNOW OVER THE SAN JUANS WILL LIKELY DECREASE...OR EVEN END...FOR
AWHILE TOMORROW MORNING...BUT I ANTICIPATE IT TO REDEVELOP AS THE 2ND
BROADER TROUGH MOVES ACROSS THE REGION. SINCE FLOW AT 700 IS
EXPECTED TO REMAIN W-SW...SNOW SHOULD REDEVELOP OVER THE FAVORED
UPSLOPE REGIONS. I DO NOT EXPECT EXCESSIVE SNOWFALL RATES AND I ALSO
EXPECT THE WINDS TO BE MUCH TAMER OVER THE HIGHER TRRN...SO THE
CURRENT BLIZZARD WARNING WILL LIKELY BE DOWNGRADED TO A WINTER STORM
WARNING BY LATER SHIFT.

SNOW WILL CONTINUE OVER THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS...ESPECIALLY LATE IN
THE DAY AS 700 MB FLOW GOES MORE NORTHWESTERLY AND COLDER AIR
CONTINUES TO ADVECT IN ALONG WITH THE QG LIFT ASSOCIATED WITH THE
TROUGH. /HODANISH

.LONG TERM...(TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY)
ISSUED AT 329 PM MST MON MAR 2 2015

...WINTRY CONDITIONS CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY...MODELS ARE STARTING TO MERGE
CLOSER ON THE TIMING OF EVENTS THROUGH WED. THE MOST ACTIVE PERIOD
OF THE EXTENDED WILL OCCUR FROM TUE NIGHT THROUGH WED...AS THE UPPER
TROUGH AXIS SLIDES EAST ACROSS THE 4 CORNERS AND THE WIND FLOW
SHIFTS FROM A SW DIRECTION FOR THE FORECAST AREA...TO A BRISK N-NW
FLOW OVERNIGHT INTO WED. SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE HIGHER
TERRAIN THROUGH WED...BUT THE CHALLENGE COMES LATE TUE NIGHT AND WED
WITH TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON WHAT WILL HAPPEN ACROSS THE PALMER
DVD AND E PLAINS. HI RES MODELS INDICATE THAT UPSLOPE FLOW 00Z WED
WILL START PUSHING PCPN ACROSS THE PALMER DVD AND E PLAINS IN THE
EVENING...BUT BY 09Z A STRONGER NORTHERLY PUSH SWEEPS ACROSS THE
PALMER PRODUCING A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN SNOWFALL AS WELL AS
RAPIDLY DETERIORATING TRAVEL CONDITIONS. FROM 09Z THROUGH 18Z THE
FRONT DROPS SOUTH...WITH THE FOCUS AREA FOR GREATER SNOW ACCUM AND
DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DROPPING SOUTH ALONG THE I25 CORRIDOR.
THIS SHOULD MAKE FOR A TRICKY MORNING COMMUTE ON WED. THE FORECAST
GRIDS HAVE BEEN PUSHED IN THIS DIRECTION TO START REFLECTING THIS
NEXT POTENTIAL EVENT...AND CURRENT SNOW AMOUNT GRIDS CONTAIN
ADVISORY SNOW AMOUNTS. WILL LET FOLLOWING SHIFTS REVISIT THIS FOR
POSSIBLE HIGHLIGHTS AS WELL AS ADJUSTMENTS TO WINDGUST GRIDS. AS FOR
TEMPS...WED IS EXPECTED TO BE THE COLDEST DAY OF THE EXTENDED PERIOD
WITH MAX TEMPS IN THE TEENS AND 20S. SNOW IS FORECAST TO DIMINISH
THROUGH THE NIGHT...LINGERING THE LONGEST OVER THE SOUTHERN MTS.

THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY...LONG RANGE MODELS PAINT A RIDGE OF HIGH
PRESSURE OVER THE WESTERN US OVER THE WEEKEND...KEEPING THE STATE
UNDER NW FLOW ALOFT. THERE MAY BE SOME ISOLATED SNOW OVER THE
CENTRAL MTS ON SAT...OTHERWISE CONDITIONS SHOULD REMAIN GENERALLY
DRY WITH A WARMING TREND DEVELOPING. 30S ON THU...40S ON FRI...THEN
50S FOR SAT THROUGH MON. MOORE

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 00Z TAFS THROUGH 00Z TUESDAY EVENING)
ISSUED AT 329 PM MST MON MAR 2 2015

LOW CIGS FINALLY HAVE BROKEN AT KCOS AND KPUB...BUT THIS IS LIKELY
NOT TOO LAST TOO LONG AS LOW CIGS WILL LIKELY REDEVELOP AFTER
SUNSET. HOWEVER...A STRONG PACIFIC FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION
DURING THE ~05Z TIME FRAME AND THIS WILL CLEAR THE AREA OUT OF LOW
CLOUDS...SO KCOS AND KPUB SHOULD BE VFR THROUGH TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

SOME SNOW SQUALLY CAPABLE OF CAUSING LIFR CONDITIONS WILL BE
POSSIBLE THIS EVENING AT KALS...OTHERWISE VFR CONDITIONS ARE
ANTICIPATED.

ON AND OFF HEAVY SNOW WILL BE OVER THE CONTDVD THROUGH THE NEXT
24H.

&&

.PUB WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WINTER STORM WARNING UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS EVENING FOR COZ073.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 5 PM MST TUESDAY FOR COZ059-064-
065.

WINTER STORM WARNING UNTIL 5 PM MST TUESDAY FOR COZ058-060-061-
066-067.

BLIZZARD WARNING UNTIL 5 PM MST TUESDAY FOR COZ068.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM...HODANISH
LONG TERM...MOORE
AVIATION...HODANISH


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