Jun 23, 2014 10:46 AM by Stephen Bowers
Low pressure to our south and high pressure to our north will provide a setup that favors rising air motion, and with moisture in place that will set the stage for afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High temperatures will be in the 70's and 80's. The 7 AM to 10 AM warm up takes us from the 50's and 60's into the 60's and 70's. We will stay dry through noon, though a spot shower could develop in high elevations as the lunch hour approaches and temperatures warm into the 70's. By 2 PM, those showers and thunderstorms will become more robust over the mountains as we warm into the 70's and 80's east of the mountains. Showers and thunderstorms will move eastward and out of the mountains from 2 PM to 5 PM with locally heavy rainfall possible. Some thunderstorms could be severe with hail and damaging wind being the primary threats from severe thunderstorms.
A similar patter is forecast for tomorrow, though with decreasing moisture in the air the showers and thunderstorms will become less widespread. Temperatures will begin to warm slightly. Even faster warming is forecast to begin on Wednesday with a continued decrease in moisture and only a spot shower in the afternoon. By Thursday the sun is out in full force. Combined with an increasing downslope wind, temperatures will warm quickly into the 80's and 90's. Friday likely will be even warmer ahead of an approaching cold front that will move through early Saturday. That will mean a slightly cooler Saturday, but with a lack of moisture that cold front will not have much opportunity to provide more rain. Temperatures will warm again on Sunday. That means the coming weekend will be a better one for outdoor activities as opposed to this past weekend with drier conditions but warmer temperatures.