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Warmer and dry weather in time for the weekend

Thursday, May 14, 2020

After a rain shower passed through early this Thursday morning, skies have cleared ahead of another round of showers expected for this afternoon and evening. Friday will be similar to today, after which the weather turns warmer and drier for the weekend, with hot, dry and windy weather forecast through the beginning of the next work week.

Currently, a weak front extends from a storm in the Pacific Northwest through the Great Basin and northern Colorado. Energy and moisture ejecting out ahead of the storm will bring rain showers this afternoon and evening, possibly extending into the overnight. As the storm moves across the northern Rockies tomorrow, showers will once again develop in the afternoon and evening, with some of them of moderate intensity due to the proximity of the parent storm that is then forecast to be in Wyoming.

The weather will clear in time for the weekend, about a day earlier than originally forecast in my weather narrative last Sunday afternoon. There may be some Saturday afternoon clouds as the sun cooks any remaining low-level moisture during the day, along with seasonable high temperatures within several degrees of our average high of 63 F.

A ridge of high pressure starts to build over the Rockies on Sunday ahead of a large and cold storm currently in the Gulf of Alaska that is forecast to cross the West Coast early in the work week. A spectacular day should be in store to end the weekend with sunny skies and temperatures in the seventies.

Along with continued well-above average temperatures in the seventies on Monday and Tuesday, winds will increase from the southwest and the air will become very dry as the West Coast storm crosses the coast early in the work week.

The large storm is forecast move across the Great Basin on Wednesday. It is expected that the ridge of high pressure will weaken over our area as it deflects the storm to our north, and after a dry start in our area on Wednesday, a weak cool front associated with the storm passes through and brings a chance of showers later in the day.

After midweek, and similar to the current storm, more incoming Pacific energy mixes with cold air from western Canada and forms a storm as it moves down the British Columbia coast. A complicated scenario may ensue as that storm is forecast to interact with the deflected midweek storm as well as additional incoming Pacific energy. So while is currently appears like the weather will be unsettled again for the end of the work week, stay tuned for my Sunday afternoon weather narrative for updates to that forecast.

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