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FXUS65 KSLC 131622

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Salt Lake City UT
1022 AM MDT Fri Apr 13 2018

.SYNOPSIS...The cold Pacific storm system over eastern Utah will
continue to exit into the central Rockies today. High pressure
will return to the Interior West for the weekend. The next storm
system will impact the region early next week.


.DISCUSSION...A broad upper level trough continues to cross the
central Rockies into the High Plains. The back edge of this
trough will clear the area later today. One of the strongest lake
bands in years developed overnight and impacted portions of the
Salt Lake, Tooele and Utah Valleys. The highest amounts occurred
downwind of Utah Lake. There is the possibility that Utah Lake
enhanced the Great Salt Lake band, but this is something we will
have to look at more to determine.

Regardless, the remnant precipitation with the lake band will
continue to diminish through noon. Light snow showers are
occurring over the Wasatch, mainly south of I-80. With minimal
accumulation expected, cancelled the winter storm warning early.
Winds are also well below wind advisory criteria in the western
Uinta Basin, so also cancelled this headline.

Sensors along I-80 near Wendover continue to record gusts in
excess of 60 mph this morning. The high wind warning for the Great
Salt Lake Desert continues through noon and will assess whether
this will be allowed to expire or will need to be extended later
this morning.

Updated pops/sky/weather based on current conditions. Further
updates are not anticipated at this time.

Quiet weather will build into the area for the weekend, with the
longwave pattern continuing to favor an active weather week next


.AVIATION...There is a 30 percent chance of ceilings below 7000 feet
at the SLC terminal between 16Z and 19Z. Otherwise, VFR conditions
with gusty northwest winds should prevail through today.


UT...High Wind Warning until noon MDT today for UTZ005.




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