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FXUS65 KBOU 130631

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
1231 AM MDT Fri Apr 13 2018

Issued at 1230 AM MDT Fri Apr 13 2018

Quick adjustment to forecast tonight for snow potential in the
Denver area. GOES 16 Satellite shows rapid cooling of cloud tops
and strong upper level divergence. Plenty of large scale lift
through the night and shallow anticyclonic turning in the southern
I-25 Corridor to produce showers and even a few thunderstorms.
Rain/snow mix should turn to all snow as deeper colder air arrives
so there`s reasonable potential for a couple inches of snow at
least on the south/east side of Denver and southward across the
Palmer Divide and eastward out through the I-70 Corridor toward

UPDATE Issued at 815 PM MDT Thu Apr 12 2018

Forecast grids have undergone a number of minor changes, some
cosmetic. Main adjustment was to elevate PoPs to 90-100 pct range
within the area covered by the Blizzard warning. Also made minor
adjustment to snow totals in the northeast, mainly to areal
coverage. Otherwise, snowfall is now underway in the high country
as per observations and radar. Snowfall at this time largely
concentrated up along the Continental Divide along and north of
I-70. Earlier this evening, radar and lightning detection network
picked up on a couple CG strikes in Logan County with a brief
t-storm west of Sterling. Storm cell has since dissipated, but new
showers have developed up along the Wyoming border in Weld and
logan Counties.

Otherwise, cold front clearly showing up on KFTG and TDEN radars
presently just north of the Denver metro area. Front timed to be
acrs KDEN airport by 0220Z. Should see a shift to gusty nwly
winds to around 30 kts with its passage, then a turn to nely at
10-20kts for the next  couple of hours, then back to a n-nwly
direction at 15-28kt for the remainder of the night. Should also
see a gradual increase in precip coverage in the high country and
up acrs northern portions of the CWA east of the mtns through the

Lastly, the Red Flag Warning will be allowed to expire at 03Z with
arrival of cooler and more humid air behind the front.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 155 PM MDT Thu Apr 12 2018

Current GOES-16 WV imagery shows the jet pushing through the
region from the SW. Persistent cloud cover this morning and
afternoon delayed the onset of mixing and winds over the northern
plains and foothills. Winds are expected to steadily increase over
the next few hours with continued gusty winds over the Palmer
divide and Park county. Maintained the Red Flag Warning through 9
pm, however areas over portions of Larimer and Weld could still be
borderline with winds taking some time to reach criteria. Models
show the upper level low progressing ESE with the divergent
portion of the upper jet over the eastern plains by Friday
morning. Increased moisture embedded with the cold push from the
WNW will help to bring a chance of snow to the NE plains by Friday
morning along with increased rates in the mountains. For the
lower foothills and urban corridor NW flow is not the best for
snow accumulation thanks for downsloping. Showers will start off,
very light with little to no accumulation for most areas nearest
the foothills. Through Friday the jet will push eastward with
steady QG lift continuing into the evening. This lift and moisture
will keep snow into the overnight hours for the far NE plains. At
this time snow amounts will vary between a trace to 1 inch for
most areas along and west of I-25 and will become higher east of
I-25. The NE counties of Logan, Washington, Sedgwick and Phillips
counties will see the highest amounts with 4 to 8 inches and
locally higher amounts of up to 10 inches.

With the upper jet in place winds will continue to be a concern on
the plains with a High Wind Warning from midnight through 6 am for
the counties of Weld, Adams, Arapahoe and Morgan with speeds of up
to 65 mph possible. Further south over Douglas, Lincoln and Elbert
will see higher amounts in the 65 to 75 mph range that will last
until the overnight hours on Saturday. With the snow amounts
combined with the high winds over the far NE plains blizzard
conditions are expected through Friday. The highest impacts will
occur by Friday afternoon into the evening hours with visibilities
reaching down to a quarter mile or less at times. This will cause
impacts to travel for Friday late afternoon and evening...
especially over the Sedgwick and Phillips county areas.
Temperatures will take a large dive Friday with highs only
reaching into the upper 30s on the plains.

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 155 PM MDT Thu Apr 12 2018

Strong snow and wind issues wl continue across the northeast
plains Friday night into Saturday. Mdls keep a tightly wound
vertical stacked storm system, over scentral NE/ncentral KS at
00z Saturday, and slowly shift it eastward Friday night. This will
result in a strong west-east sfc pressure gradient with a strong
northerly flow aloft over the cwa. The mdls maintain weak mid
level qg ascent over northeast CO through 06z, with mid level
subsidence developing by 12z Saturday. No changes regarding the
highlights at this time. Blizzard conditions over the northeast
corner of the state will continue through the evening, but the
snow should start to taper off by after 06z Friday night. The
wind however will continue to blast across the eastern plains
through most of Saturday, strongest east of a line from around
Sterling to Limon. By 00z Sunday an upper level ridge will move
into from the west with the flow a gusty but drier north/northwesterly
flow aloft Saturday night. The ridge axis will move across
eastern CO Sunday afternoon and Sunday night with a dry and warmer
airmass in place. Moisture will increase across western and
northern CO on Monday as another trough moves into northern CA by
00z Tuesday. Should see another chance of snow in the high country
Monday night into Tuesday. The models show increasing mid level
qg ascent with the trough axis over eastern UT by 12z Tuesday, and
over central CO by 18z Tuesday. Likely enough instability and
dynamics for showers to carryover into the northeast plains on
Tuesday. May need to increase pops over the northeast plains there
at some point. Drying and subsidence behind the trough Tuesday
night into Wednesday. Next system that may impact the area moves
into the Great Basin region by 00z Thu, and into increasing pops
across the cwa by Friday.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
Issued at 1230 AM MDT Fri Apr 13 2018

Forecast updated for rain/snow mix and even a couple thunderstorms
possible til about 08Z at KDEN and KAPA, and then trend would be
for more snow with some light accumulation possible. Most of this
should be confined to grassy surfaces, but still some threat of
heavier snowfall given convective nature of this dynamic spring
storm so some slush on runways can`t be ruled out during a period
of heavier snow. Snow is expected to decrease toward 12Z as a
stronger/deeper downslope component arrives. KBJC on the edge of
all of this. MVFR conditions expected during precipitation with
brief IFR during heavier showers.

North winds have finally relaxed to gusting to around 25 knots
this evening and that should stay that way through early morning.
Then by 15Z-18Z, north/northwest winds are expected to strengthen
again to 25G40-45 knots and hold through most of the day.


Issued at 1230 AM MDT Fri Apr 13 2018

A strong spring storm will move into the mountains this evening
and onto the plains by Friday morning bringing a mix of rain and
snow along with much cooler temperatures and higher humidities to
the plains. Strong winds will continue so areas that don`t see
any precipitation will have elevated fire danger.


Blizzard Warning from 6 AM this morning to 6 AM MDT Saturday for

Winter Weather Advisory until 9 PM MDT this evening for COZ031-

High Wind Warning from 6 AM this morning to midnight MDT tonight
for COZ042>045.

High Wind Warning from 6 AM this morning to 3 PM MDT Saturday
for COZ041-046-047.



LONG TERM...Cooper
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