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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
1120 AM MDT FRI AUG 19 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 400 AM MDT Fri Aug 19 2016

As of 300 am there continues to be a few showers acrs portions of
the srn I-25 corridor and the sern plains, some of which may
continue for several more hours as the NAM and HRRR would suggest.

For today, an upr trof wl be moving acrs the forecast area.  At the
same time, another upr disturbance wl move south and east out of MT
and the wrn Dakotas this afternoon and into the ern Dakotas and KS
overnight, which sends another cold front into sern CO late this
afternoon and this evening.

The NAM shows sct pops acrs much of the forecast area by noon today,
while the HRRR shows only spotty pcpn ovr some of the srn mtns and
ern plains.  This afternoon it looks like there wl be sct and higher
pcpn chances for most of the mtn areas, and probably mainly isold
chances for much of the sern plains except maybe along the southern
border areas.  However, in the late afternoon the front is forecast
to move into El Paso county, with increasing chances for pcpn over
the county and ovr Pikes Peak and Teller county. Then as the front
moves south thru the eastern portions of the forecast area this
evening, better chances for pcpn wl also spread southward ovr the
eastern mtns and plains. SPC has a marginal risk of severe weather
today along the I-25 corridor and acrs the southern border counties
of southeast CO. Storms are again expected to be slow moving, and
there wl be the threat of heavy rain and the potential for flash
flooding, especially if heavier rain occurs over burn scars or urban
areas.

There has been some light snow in the last few days ovr Pikes Peak,
and with cooler air being ovr the area today and tonight and a high
likelihood of pcpn, snow is expected again over the higher peaks
along the eastern mountains, with a couple inches of accumulation
being possible over Pikes Peak.

Late tonight, pcpn chances wl decrease or end ovr nrn portions of
the forecast area, but wl likely continue until morning ovr the far
southern portions of the forecast area, mainly ovr Las Animas and
Baca counties.  Areas of low clouds are likely ovr the sern plains
tonight.  The MET guidance is also showing the potential for
fog/stratus at KALS in the morning.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through Thursday)
Issued at 400 AM MDT Fri Aug 19 2016

Saturday-Sunday...Moderate northwest flow aloft across the region on
Saturday gives way to weak westerly flow through the day Sunday, as
broad upper trough translating across the northern Rockies Saturday
continues to move east, with weak ridging aloft moving into the
region on Sunday. Associated cold front moving across the southeast
plains late Friday night could keep a few showers or storms across
the Southeast Mountains and the far southeast plains early Saturday
morning, with enough moisture and developing low level upslope flow
owning for isolated to scattered showers and storms over and near
the higher terrain Saturday afternoon and into the early evening.
Models continue to indicate a minor disturbance embedded withing the
developing westerly flow moving across the area through the day
Sunday, with another round of isolated to scattered storms expected
across all of south central and southeast Colorado Sunday afternoon
and evening. Cooling behind the trough and front will keep highs on
Saturday some 5 to 15 degrees below seasonal averages, most notable
across the southeast plains. Warming aloft and weak downslope flow
to allow for temps on Sunday to warm back to near seasonal levels in
the mid 70s to mid 80s across the lower elevations, with mainly 50s
and 60s across the higher terrain.

Monday-Tuesday...Weak westerly flow aloft on Monday becomes more
northwest through Tuesday ahead of another upper trough moving
across the northern Tier. There looks to be enough moisture to work
with minor embedded disturbances and late summer solar heating for
more diurnal showers and storms, with best coverage over and near
the higher terrain. Temperatures to be at or slightly above seasonal
averages through early next week.

Wednesday-Thursday...Passing upper trough across the Northern Tier
sends another front across the area Wednesday, with cool northwest
flow remaining across the region through the end of the next week.
This will keep chances of showers and storms across the region
through the period, along with temperatures cooling back to at or
below late summer averages.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon)
Issued at 1100 AM MDT Fri Aug 19 2016

KCOS and KPUB...

A strong cool front will move down the plains late this afternoon
and evening. This front will bring scattered showers and
thunderstorms to the two taf sites late this afternoon and
evnening. The storms should clear the region by 03 utc. Locally
strong gusty winds and brief mvfr will be possible due to precip
and low cigs. VFR conditions should prevail during the remainder
of the period.

KALS...

VFR expected next 24h. Only exception will be a chance of brief
mvfr due to some passing thunder late this afternoon and evening.

&&

.PUB Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...28
LONG TERM...MW
AVIATION...HODANISH



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