With peak heat peaking Friday afternoon, we cool a bit for Saturday then cool a lot (20F or so from Friday’s temperatures) to the 60’sF for a high on Sunday. A strong cold front Saturday afternoon will kick off rain and thundershowers Saturday afternoon and evening tapering off later Sunday. We remain very seasonable next week.
The forecast seems on track today with frontal passage (FROPA) around 3-4pm. Because of this slightly later passage, temperatures should make it to the lower 80’sF today. The high temperature Sunday looks to be 20F lower in the lower 60’sF. This will feel like a real chill.
With those high temperatures, the approaching trough and front, and the moisture flowing in- there is a chance of thunderstorms around frontal passage and immediately after it that might put down larger hail. The SPC has painted us with a Marginal Risk (1 on a scale of 1-5) of severe weather. The local forecasters are not mentioning severe weather – concerned that the atmosphere will stabilize too quickly (cool air moving in below warm). They don’t think much thunderstorm activity will occur.
End 7am Update:
The first wind shift/cool front is coming through as this post goes up Friday afternoon. Some storms are beginning to slide across the I-25 line. It has hit 84F at my site in NE Longmont. The big front coming tomorrow (Saturday) sweeps through around 3pm Saturday (Figure 1 and Figure 2, blue line). There will be a chance of severe weather nearby (east of Denver and Longmont). That ‘may’ get painted further to the west if the front slows down on Saturday.
The Longer Range Forecast:
By Sunday morning, rainfall will continue (Figure 4) as the front pushes into Texas and central Kansas. This is being powered by a big trough sitting overhead Sunday AM (Figure 5). The placement of the depressed heights also supports the mid 60’sF temperatures that day.
Over the next 3 days, the GFS still gives us minimal rain totals, a tenth to a quarter inch (Figure 5) while the weatherunderground model gives us about a quarter inch as well.
We warm back to the 70’sF Monday – Wednesday then see low 80’sF with a chance of a wandering afternoon thunderstorm every day.