322  
FXUS65 KSLC 211725  
AFDSLC  
 
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SALT LAKE CITY UT  
1025 AM MST THU FEB 21 2019  
   
SYNOPSIS
 
 
A POTENT WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT MUCH OF SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL  
UTAH THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY. HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT WILL FOLLOW THIS  
STORM AND BRING DRIER CONDITIONS TO MUCH OF THE AREA ON SATURDAY.  
 

 
   
SHORT TERM (THROUGH 00Z MONDAY)
 
 
A BROAD LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WITH ITS CENTER OVER WESTERN NEVADA  
THIS MORNING WILL SLOWLY SAG SOUTH TODAY, THEN SHIFT EAST THROUGH  
LAKE MEAD TONIGHT BEFORE IT OPENS UP AND CONTINUES TO TRACK ACROSS  
THE AREA ON FRIDAY. CURRENTLY, A LOW- LEVEL CIRCULATION EXISTS  
ACROSS SOUTHERN NEVADA. SOUTHERLY THROUGH SOUTHEASTERLY UPSLOPE  
FLOW ALOFT ACROSS SOUTHERN UTAH AHEAD OF THIS CIRCULATION COMBINED  
WITH WARM ADVECTION AND SYNOPTIC LIFT HAS GENERATED WIDESPREAD  
SNOW ACROSS SOUTHERN UTAH. THIS TREND WILL CONTINUE LATE THIS  
MORNING, WITH SNOW INCREASING FARTHER NORTH ACROSS EASTERN UTAH  
THROUGH TONIGHT. AS THE STORM BEGINS TO EXIT THE AREA TOMORROW,  
NORTHERLY FLOW BEHIND THE TROUGH AXIS WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE  
LINGERING SNOWFALL, WITH THE FOCUS TRANSITIONING MORE TO THE I-15  
CORRIDOR THROUGH CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST UTAH. WINTER WEATHER  
HIGHLIGHTS REMAIN IN PLACE, WITH NO CHANGES TO THE EXISTING SUITE  
OF WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES AT THIS TIME.  
 
MUCH OF THE WASATCH FRONT WILL BE LEFT OUT OF THE SIGNIFICANT  
SNOWFALL DUE TO EASTERLY DOWNSLOPE FLOW, ALTHOUGH MINOR  
ACCUMULATIONS ARE NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION, ESPECIALLY SOUTHERN UTAH  
COUNTY, WESTERN SALT LAKE COUNTY, AND THE TOOELE VALLEY AREA.  
SPEAKING OF EASTERLIES, THE MSLP GRADIENT HAS TIGHTENED THROUGH THE  
MORNING, CANYON WINDS HAVE INCREASED ALONG THE WASATCH FRONT OVER  
THE PAST COUPLE OF HOURS. WE'VE SEEN A FEW LOCALIZED GUSTS IN THE  
40 TO 50 MPH RANGE THIS MORNING, HOWEVER IT LOOKS LIKE WINDS WILL  
TAPER OFF A BIT THROUGH THE AFTERNOON WITH THE DIURNAL  
DESTABILIZATION. HOWEVER, THERE SHOULD BE A BIT BETTER SUPPORT AT  
700MB (20-30KT AT 700MB ACROSS THE TERRAIN) THIS EVENING ALONG  
WITH INCREASING STABILITY INTO THE NIGHT. EXPECT TO SEE THE MAXIMA  
IN EASTERLY CANYON WINDS TONIGHT, ESPECIALLY BETWEEN 7PM AND 2AM,  
BEFORE THE 700 MB WIND SUPPORT WANES.  
 
SNOW WILL WIND DOWN BY TOMORROW EVENING AS THE STORM EXITS THE AREA.  
UTAH WILL THEN REMAIN UNDER A NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT ON SATURDAY,  
WITH WARM ADVECTION ACROSS NORTHERN UTAH POSSIBLY GENERATING SOME  
SNOW ALONG THE IDAHO BORDER. THE PATTERN THEN BECOMES MORE ZONAL ON  
SUNDAY WITH CONTINUED GRADUAL WARMING ALOFT WHILE WEAK DISTURBANCES  
RIPPLE THROUGH IDAHO. EXPECT FAR NORTHERN UTAH TO REMAIN SOMEWHAT  
UNSETTLED, ALTHOUGH TEMPERATURES WILL TREND WARMER. HOWEVER,  
SOUTHERN AND EASTERN UTAH MAY BE A BIT SLOWER TO WARM DUE TO SNOW  
COVER.  
   
LONG TERM (AFTER 00Z MONDAY)
 
 
GLOBAL SUITE SUPPORTS A PATTERN SHIFT ACROSS THE WESTERN CONUS  
FOR THE LONG TERM PERIOD, WITH NEAR ZONAL FLOW DOMINATING THE  
LOCAL AREA AS THE JET AND "MORE ACTIVE" WEATHER SHIFTS HIGHER IN  
LATITUDE OVER THE NORTHERN ROCKIES REGION. MODELS HAVE BEEN  
STRUGGLING OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS RESOLVING THIS, WITH MANY  
RUNS A BIT MORE AMPLIFIED AND THUS MORE ACTIVE (ACROSS THE  
NORTH)...BUT CONFIDENCE IS BUILDING TOWARDS A MORE TRANQUIL AND  
WARMER PERIOD SETTING UP FOR NEXT WEEK. CONTINUE TO HOLD ONTO SOME  
POPS ACROSS THE NORTHERN THIRD OF THE AREA TO ACCOUNT FOR  
PROGRESSIVE WAVES THAT MAY CLIP THE REGION (PRIMARILY MONDAY  
NIGHT), BUT HAVE TRENDED POTENTIAL FOR PRECIP DOWN. LIKELY NOT  
ENOUGH YET.  
 

 
   
AVIATION
 
 
WINDS AT THE SLC TERMINAL ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN NORTHERLY AS THE  
DAY PROGRESSES BUT DUE THE WINDS ALOFT BECOMING STRONGER AND MORE  
EASTERLY AFTER 00Z THERE IS A 40% CHANCE THAT WINDS BECOME  
SOUTHWEST AT TIMES THIS EVENING. THERE IS A 30% CHANCE THAT CIGS  
LOWER BELOW 6KT FT AGL AFTER 06Z.  
 

 
   
SLC WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES
 
 
UT...WINTER STORM WARNING UNTIL 9 AM MST FRIDAY FOR UTZ012-013-016-  
019>021.  
 
WIND ADVISORY UNTIL 3 AM MST FRIDAY FOR UTZ001>004.  
 
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 4 PM MST FRIDAY FOR UTZ010-517.  
 
WINTER STORM WARNING UNTIL 4 PM MST FRIDAY FOR UTZ518.  
 
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 9 AM MST FRIDAY FOR UTZ011-014-015.  
 
WY...NONE.  

 
 

 
 
SHORT TERM...CHENG/CHURCH  
LONG TERM...MERRILL  
AVIATION...STRUTHWOLF  
 
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