Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KGJT 262134

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
334 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 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 1038 AM MDT Thu May 26 2016

A storm system will track east-northeastward across the Four
Corners region this afternoon fueling scattered to numerous
showers over the area. Much of this activity will be focused over
the mountains, with the southern and central ranges favored.
However, a number of storms will drift over the central valleys
this afternoon/evening. This activity will be capable of briefly
lower VSBY to MVFR levels while bringing CIGS to near or below ILS
breakpoints. In addition, strong outflow winds to 40 mph may
result in abrupt and unpredictable wind shifts. Showers and
thunderstorms diminish later tonight.


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



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