Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KCYS 200534

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Cheyenne WY
1134 PM MDT Wed Jun 19 2019

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 235 PM MDT Wed Jun 19 2019

Current KCYS radar loop shows isolated thunderstorms in a line
from Douglas southeast to Kimball. A thunderstorm recently moved
through Cheyenne a few hours ago producing brief very heavy rain
and some small hail. Expect impacts to be low with this activity,
at least compared to the last few days, but a few stronger storms
are still possible across east central Wyoming and into the
northern Nebraska panhandle. 0-6km shear is below 25 knots at this
time, but CAPE values around 2000 j/kg may be enough to result in
a marginal severe storms with hail and strong winds the primary
concerns. With the thunderstorms moving to the southeast at a
good clip, flash flooding is not expected. The other forecast
issue through tonight is locally strong winds in and near the wind
prone areas of Arlington/Elk Mountain and Bordeaux. This portion
of the forecast is tricky since we are well out of High Wind
season, but 700-500mb winds are exceptional for this time of the
year with values around 45 knots in addition to a decent surface
pressure gradient along the spine of the Rocky Mountains. Winds
from Rawlins to Laramie have responded a little this afternoon,
but gusts have struggled to increase over 40 mph thus far. Will
keep the High Wind Watch going for now to see how surface winds
respond to decoupling from the environmental winds aloft late this
evening. Confidence is still low-moderate to this event, but can
not rule it out either.

For Thursday, the next Pacific storm system, and associated
strong cold front, will move into Wyoming and rapidly through the
forecast area Thursday evening. Expect a pretty solid coverage of
light-moderate showers and widely scattered thunderstorms to
develop along this cold front late Thursday and Thursday night.
Kept POP between 50-70 percent across most of the area, especially
along the I-80 corridor and across western Nebraska. There is a
marginal risk of strong to severe thunderstorms across most of the
eastern plains east of I-25, but gusty winds look like the main
concern thus far with most of the activity occurring late in the
afternoon through late in the evening. Daytime temperatures will
mostly be in the 70s to low 80s ahead of the cold front.

For Friday, the cooler air will push into the region with high
temperatures back into the 60s, which is around 10 to 15 degrees
below normal. Portions of the western Nebraska panhandle may
briefly achieve highs in the low 70s before fropa. Models show a
cool and showery day under mostly cloudy skies. Can not rule out a
few elevated thunderstorms near the Colorado border.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through next Wednesday)

Summary: Main focus will be on Saturday and Sunday time frame with
greater shower and thunderstorm likelihood while early to mid next
week looks drier and warmer. Hazards on Saturday and perhaps Sunday
could be pockets of heavy rainfall and a few strong thunderstorms.
Sunday is more conditional at this time depending on pattern
evolution and timing.

Weather Details: Quite active pattern to end the work week going
into the weekend with a large-scale trough over the Northern Plains
back across the Pacific Northwest per multi-model consensus. Several
vorticity maximums and embedded shorter wavelength troughs will
rotate about the parent trough across Wyoming. As a result, a
frontal boundary will shift near and/or bisect southeast Wyoming
late Friday into Saturday as the first shortwave troughs pivots
across north-central Wyoming. With broad synoptic lift and
isentropic upglide over-top the frontal zone, showers will likely
persist Friday night into early Saturday morning. Deeper H7-H5
southwest flow will occur by Saturday, bringing the frontal boundary
north as a warm front while also advecting higher theta-e air into
the region. With greater theta-e air comes greater instability and
coverage of showers and storms should increase Saturday afternoon
with added daytime heating. Not out of the question that some storms
could be strong and also have heavy rain in isolated areas. It
remains to early to pinpoint more favored areas of this possible
heavier rainfall.

Mid-range models diverge on Sunday with GFS much slower on trough
movement while ECMWF more progressive but has slowed vs. the
previous 18/12Z run. Latest operational GFS remains quite bullish on
more rain/storm chances Sunday but will temper these down until
greater mid-range agreement occurs.

For early to mid next week - Warmer and overall drier conditions
look to set up with shortwave ridging occurring over the central
Rockies. While some afternoon high terrain showers/storms could be
possible, coverage compared to the current stretch of wet weather
should be reduced by a good factor.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Thursday night)
Issued at 1130 PM MDT Wed Jun 19 2019

Showers and storms will continue through the first part of the
evening mainly over AIA CDR and DGW corridor. Hail aloft and
strong winds are expected near these storms. Aviators use
caution. Strong winds will increase this evening and through
tomorrow as a strong upper level storm system moves into the
area. Additional shower activity is expected late tomorrow
through the end of the period. Expect MVFR to VFR conditions this
evening and Thursday.


Issued at 200 PM MDT Wed Jun 19 2019

Minimal fire weather concerns for the rest of this week and
through the weekend. Although daytime minimum relative humidities
have lowered to around 20 to 25 percent this afternoon across
Carbon county with winds gusting up to 40 mph, recent rainfall
and green fuels will greatly limit any concerns in that area
into Thursday.


Issued at 200 PM MDT Wed Jun 19 2019

Flood Warning for the North Platte River at Saratoga will remain
in effect until further notice. The slow rise to the river has
leveled out this afternoon with another brief rise expected late
tonight. The river should remain near flood stage over the next 36
hours before the next Pacific system moves into the area. Another
round of widespread rainfall, thunderstorms, and cooler
temperatures are expected. However, high elevation snow melt will
be limited this weekend due to temperatures near freezing along
with an additional chance for accumulating snow above 9000 feet.
So any flooding concerns around the upper North Platte, Encampment
river, and Laramie river will have to result from mostly moderate
to heavy rainfall.


WY...High Wind Watch through Thursday evening for WYZ110.



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