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National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado
343 am MST Tue Nov 21 2017

Short term...(today through wednesday)
issued at 343 am MST Tue Nov 21 2017

Moisture flowing the down the back side of the western ridge has
led to orographic showers over the northern to central mountains
early this morning. The main piece of energy in the flow is
dropping across the Wyoming rockies here in the pre-dawn hours
and is adding a bit of a convective Twist to the snow and will
continue to do so through mid morning. Dry low layers of the
atmosphere proving hard to saturate with out strong large scale
ascent and so far but the convection may help this a bit. Heaviest
snow will still be impacting the park...Gore and Flat Top ranges
down to the Vail Pass area through about noon. After this much
drier air invades aloft and erodes the moisture out of the
dendritic layer and besides some High Peak flurries we should be
done and hopefully improved travel conditions can get back on
track. Dirty flow on the downstream side of the ridge continues
into Wednesday and models want to keep some light precipitation
over the northern mountains. Again saturation is suspect and do
not anticipated any significant impacts except for some passing
flurries. My temperature forecasts have been suspect as well in
many valley locations by underestimating the inversions. Clouds
didn't help on Monday either. Today appears to be a bit more sunny
with some mixing albeit weak. Have trended temperatures down in
valleys to lower end of guidance or less. Overall however there
should be a warming trend starting today and persisting through
the week.

Long term...(wednesday night through monday)
issued at 343 am MST Tue Nov 21 2017

A large area of high pressure centered just west of the Baja
Peninsula will be the dominant weather feature in the long term
period. Plenty of moisture and energy will affect the Pacific
northwest but this energy will ride up and over the ridge keeping
US generally dry through the period. On Friday, a weak wave will
dive down from the northwest and may bring a few showers/sprinkles
to our far northern zones and park/Gore ranges but really, nothing
of any great import expected. The high pressure remains in
control through the weekend before breaking down as a stronger
trough moves through on Monday. Model guidance showing a bit wider
spread of precipitation but again, qpf remains on the low side. As
one would expect under high pressure, warm temperatures will make
a return reaching well above normal for this time of year for the
entire long term period. High clouds will also be common for much
of the area.


Aviation...(for the 12z tafs through 12z Wednesday morning)
issued at 343 am MST Tue Nov 21 2017

Moist northwest flow is mainly impacting the northern and central
mountains with snowfall and widespread obscuration of the
terrain. So far taf sites are VFR though the eastern most terminal
have all met ils break points. Still expect some chance of
precipitation into ase and Ege in this flow with the former having
the highest probability of being impacted by lower flight
criteria. Drier air moving in this afternoon should scour out the
precipitation with VFR all areas dominating through sunrise on


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