Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KPIH 012030

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Pocatello ID
230 PM MDT Thu Jun 1 2023

.SHORT TERM...Today and Friday.
The upper level low over southern Utah will keep moisture moving
into our area, especially our southern areas, eastern areas, and
the Upper Snake plain. The troughing over Washington and Oregon
as well as the upper level low over southern Oregon will continue
to bring moisture over our northern areas, especially the Central
mountains. The Central mountains, our southern areas along the
Utah line, our eastern areas along the Wyoming border, and the
Upper Snake plain have the best chance of scattered showers and
thunderstorms this afternoon. These areas are in an Excessive
Rainfall Outlook (ERO) and have the best potential for flash
flooding with slowing moving thunderstorms today. The Lower Snake
Plain and Eastern Magic Valley look to just get isolated showers
and thunderstorms. Look for gusty winds, small hail, and moderate
to heavy rain with thunderstorms. The bigger hail will generally
be east of I-15 and along the Utah border with surface CAPE of
~1000 to almost 2000 J/kg. There`s a bit less CAPE in the Central
Mountains, less than 1000 J/kg. These areas have the best shear
as well, 20 to 25 kts.

Tomorrow, Friday, the low in southern Utah looks to move east and
north as it continues to fill and weaken. This will bring even
more moisture into our eastern areas. The low over southern Oregon
will move over southwest Idaho. This low will bring slightly more
moisture and instability into our area as well, especially the
Central mountains. Look for widespread showers and thunderstorms
tomorrow for all areas except the Eastern Magic valley and the
southwest Highlands(Southern Hills and Albion Mtns). These areas
should just see isolated coverage. Again, expect gusty winds,
small hail, moderate to heavy rainfall with thunderstorms. Most of
our area Friday will be under the ERO outlook. Only the Eastern
Magic Valley and Southwest Highlands remain out of the ERO. Look
for chances of flash flooding again tomorrow afternoon, especially
over the mountains and urban areas with training and slow moving
storms. Look for slightly below normal temperatures today and
Friday with more overall cloud cover likely.

.LONG TERM...Saturday through next Thursday.
With a negatively tilted upper level trough in place for the weekend
anchored by a series of low pressure systems in the Great Basin and
CNTRL Rocky Mountains, diurnally driven showers and thunderstorms
are favored to continue as a ridge of high pressure builds north into
the Pacific NW. Temperatures through the weekend will remain
seasonable with afternoon highs in the 60s and 70s as PWATs between
140 to 180 percent of normal continue to support the potential for
localized flash flooding with stronger thunderstorms being efficient
rain producers. As that trough shifts east for Monday, showers and
thunderstorms will be more isolated in coverage ahead of the arrival
of the next Pacific trough moving in for Tuesday. Afternoon highs
will warm 2 to 5 degrees for Monday and Tuesday peaking on Tuesday
as our next system rolls in bringing increased cloud cover for
Wednesday and Thursday suppressing any significant warm up. Ensemble
and deterministic solutions remain in good agreement on this system
moving onshore to SRN California lifting NE following along a
similar weather pattern we have observed as blocking high pressure
to the east forces it to lift north into ERN Idaho. No big changes
are expected through the remainder of next week as this broad
troughing regime remains entrenches in the NRN Rocky Mountains
headed into mid-June.


.AVIATION...For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday.
Predominant VFR conditions will continue for Thursday as low-level
stratus continues to burn off across the Snake Plain with increasing
coverage of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
Best chances for thunderstorms will remain bound to the higher
terrain with HREF thunder probabilities showing a 30 to 40 percent
chance at KBYI and KSUN, a 50 to 70 percent chance at KPIH and KIDA,
and a 70 to 90 percent chance at KDIJ. Stronger storms will be
capable producing wind gusts to 40 kts, brief heavy rain, and small
hail. Showers and thunderstorms will begin decreasing in coverage
and intensity after sunset with isolated showers favored to continue
overnight headed into Friday. Best chances for thunderstorms Friday
will shift east with HREF thunder probabilities showing a 40 to 60
percent chance at KPIH, KIDA, KSUN, and KDIJ and less than a 30
percent chance at KBYI.


.HYDROLOGY...Flooding continues on multiple rivers and creeks
across central and eastern Idaho, including the Big Wood at
Hailey, the Big Lost at Howell Ranch, Antelope Creek north of Arco,
the Portneuf river at Pocatello and Topaz, the Bear River at the
Wyoming border, and the Henrys Fork near Rexburg. The daily risk
of moderate to heavy rainfall will persist through the weekend,
and is reflected by all or parts of our area under a MARGINAL RISK
for excessive rainfall from the WPC. Any heavy rainfall on top of
already swollen/flooding rivers and streams could cause rapid
rises, even if they are short-lived.

We are also dealing with potential issues due to erosion around
the dam spillway at Chesterfield Reservoir. We continue to monitor
the situation along with local officials, and based on that the


Flash Flood Watch through Friday afternoon for IDZ058.


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