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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
440 AM MST SAT JAN 30 2016

COZ030>051-311145-
JACKSON COUNTY BELOW 9000 FEET-
WEST JACKSON AND WEST GRAND COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET-
GRAND AND SUMMIT COUNTIES BELOW 9000 FEET-
SOUTH AND EAST JACKSON/LARIMER/NORTH AND NORTHEAST GRAND/
NORTHWEST BOULDER COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET-
SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST GRAND/WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST BOULDER/
GILPIN/CLEAR CREEK/SUMMIT/NORTH AND WEST PARK COUNTIES ABOVE
9000 FEET-LARIMER AND BOULDER COUNTIES BETWEEN 6000 AND 9000 FEET-
JEFFERSON AND WEST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET/GILPIN/CLEAR
CREEK/NORTHEAST PARK COUNTIES BELOW 9000 FEET-
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST PARK COUNTY-
LARIMER COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTHWEST WELD COUNTY-
BOULDER AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES BELOW 6000 FEET/WEST BROOMFIELD
COUNTY-
NORTH DOUGLAS COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/DENVER/WEST ADAMS AND
ARAPAHOE COUNTIES/EAST BROOMFIELD COUNTY-
ELBERT/CENTRAL AND EAST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET-
NORTHEAST WELD COUNTY-CENTRAL AND SOUTH WELD COUNTY-MORGAN COUNTY-
CENTRAL AND EAST ADAMS AND ARAPAHOE COUNTIES-
NORTH AND NORTHEAST ELBERT COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTH LINCOLN
COUNTY-
SOUTHEAST ELBERT COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/SOUTH LINCOLN COUNTY-
LOGAN COUNTY-WASHINGTON COUNTY-SEDGWICK COUNTY-PHILLIPS COUNTY-
440 AM MST SAT JAN 30 2016

...HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS THROUGH TONIGHT...

...WINTER STORM LIKELY FOR NORTHEAST COLORADO EARLY NEXT WEEK...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHEAST AND NORTH CENTRAL
COLORADO.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

SNOW OVER THE NORTHERN CENTRAL MOUNTAINS WILL SPREAD SOUTH TODAY.
SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING AS A COLD
FRONT DROPS SOUTH. A BAND OF SNOW IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SOUTH ACROSS
THE FRONT RANGE AND EASTERN PLAINS TONIGHT.

TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE HIGHER MOUNTAINS THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT LOOK
TO BE 8 TO 14 INCHES WITH UP TO 2 FEET OVER WESTERN JACKSON AND
GRAND COUNTIES. FOR THE FRONT RANGE AND EASTERN PLAINS...UP TO 2
INCHES OF SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE TONIGHT. A FEW LOCATIONS MAY SEE
AROUND 3 INCHES OF SNOW IF THE SNOW BAND LINGERS A LITTLE LONGER.

ROADS IN THE MOUNTAINS WILL BECOME SNOWPACKED AND SLIPPERY...
ESPECIALLY THIS EVENING WHEN TEMPERATURES FALL. ALONG THE FRONT
RANGE AND PARTS OF THE EASTERN PLAINS...ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW
COVERED IN PLACES TONIGHT WHERE HEAVY SNOW FALL OCCURS. EXPECT
RAPIDLY CHANGING CONDITIONS IF TRAVELING TONIGHT.


.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

A POTENT PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM ORGANIZING IN THE GREAT BASIN IS
EXPECTED TO TRACK EAST OVER THE FOUR CORNERS REGION ON SUNDAY AND
SLOWLY TRACK ACROSS COLORADO MONDAY THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY
MORNING. THIS STORM SYSTEM CONTAINS AMPLE AMOUNTS OF PACIFIC
MOISTURE AND ENERGY...WHICH WILL LIKELY RESULT IN SUBSTANTIAL
SNOW ACCUMULATION IN THE COLORADO HIGH COUNTRY BEGINNING ON SUNDAY
AND POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL AND GUSTY WINDS FOR THE
PLAINS OF EASTERN COLORADO BEGINNING LATE SUNDAY NIGHT. THE
HEAVIEST SNOWFALL EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR
MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT AS THE UPPER LEVEL LOW PASSES OVER
SOUTHEAST COLORADO. SNOW AMOUNTS BY TUESDAY MORNING MAY RANGE
ANYWHERE FROM 5 TO 14 INCHES ON THE NORTHEAST PLAINS WITH HIGHER
AMOUNTS ON THE PALMER DIVIDE...5 TO 10 INCHES IN THE HIGH
MOUNTAIN VALLEYS...AND IN THE HIGH COUNTRY VARY WIDELY FROM 8 TO
28 INCHES WITH THE GREATER AMOUNTS GENERALLY SOUTH OF INTERSTATE
70. THESE SNOW AMOUNTS ARE VERY PRELIMINARY AND ARE SUBJECT TO
CHANGE OVER THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. IN ADDITION...STRONG AND GUSTY
NORTHEAST WINDS MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY COULD PRODUCE QUITE A
BIT OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW ON THE PLAINS.

THIS STORM SYSTEM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SIGNIFICANTLY DISRUPT AIR
AND GROUND TRAVEL ACROSS COLORADO AND SURROUNDING STATES.
TRAVELERS SHOULD PREPARE TO MAKE ALTERNATE ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD
ROADS BE CLOSE AND FLIGHTS BE CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WINTER
WEATHER.

CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY IMPROVE ON TUESDAY...ONLY TO
SEE ANOTHER WEAK DISTURBANCE BRING SOME MORE SNOW TO THE HIGH
COUNTRY AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW TO THE HIGH PLAINS ON
WEDNESDAY. DRY AND WARMER WEATHER SHOULD THEN RETURN FOR THE
REMAINDER OF THE WEEK.

STAY IN TOUCH FOR THE LATEST UPDATES ON WHAT APPEARS WILL BE A
MAJOR SNOW STORM FOR MOST OF COLORADO.


.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TODAY OR TONIGHT.

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MEIER/BAKER


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