Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KGJT 142147

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service GRAND JUNCTION CO
347 PM MDT Wed Mar 14 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Thursday night)
Issued at 345 PM MDT Wed Mar 14 2018

Current storm system moving through the Great Basin this afternoon will
start to impact the forecast area this evening across
northeastern Utah and the remainder of the area by tomorrow
morning. Very warm conditions in southwest flow are occurring
ahead of this system today. Expect shower activity with some
isolated thunderstorms to develop this evening and increase as
colder air filters into the area overnight. 700 mb temperatures
around 4C this afternoon will drop to near -3C by tomorrow
morning. With these warm temperatures expect mainly rain below
10kft this evening but snow levels will quickly fall to near
7500ft by tomorrow morning. As the colder air moves into the
region, expect fairly unstable conditions to develop with
forecasted lapse rates of 8 to 9 degrees C/km on Thursday. This
instability will allow convection to develop during the day on
Thursday and have added slight chance/chance of thunderstorm
mention. Expect mainly sub-advisory impacts across the mountains,
however, with the convective nature of this system, localized
higher amounts are possible where convective showers and
thunderstorms do develop. Temperatures on Thursday afternoon will
run 15 to 20 degrees colder than today.

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Wednesday)
Issued at 345 PM MDT Wed Mar 14 2018

Snow shower activity will diminish Thursday night as system moves
east of the area with the best focus across the northern and
central mountains of western Colorado. The next system on its
heels will move across CA/OR border by late Friday. As this system
moves into the Great Basin Friday night through Saturday,
southwest gradient winds will increase across the region. Showers
and possible a few thunderstorms will develop late Saturday and
Saturday night with lower valley rain and higher valley/mountain
snow continuing into Sunday. Light to moderate snowfall
accumulations across the mountain locations with the best focus
across the northern and central mountains is expected. A
shortwave ridge will move through the area on Monday and Tuesday
with dry conditions ahead of the next storm system which should
impact the area by midweek. This system currently looks like it
will draw from a more subtropical fetch of warm moist flow with
potential impacts for the latter half of the workweek.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Thursday morning)
Issued at 408 AM MDT Wed Mar 14 2018

Clouds will increase from the west this morning, becoming broken
to overcast in most areas by afternoon. Winds will become breezy
with gusts in the 20s for most areas with gusts in the 30s across
eastern Utah. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected to
develop over the higher terrain, especially over eastern Utah by
late afternoon, with showers spreading across western Colorado by
this evening. Some isolated showers and storms may linger past
midnight through Thursday morning, with more widespread
precipitation expected after 12Z Thursday.




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