Regional Weather Synopsis
Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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NZUS99 KGJT 232357
SYNGJT

FOR EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO, HERE IS THE LATEST WEATHER
SYNOPSIS.

CHRISTMAS DAY STORM MAY BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL TO THE
MOUNTAINS, WITH SOME SNOW ACCUMULATION POSSIBLE IN THE VALLEYS.

THE FORECAST AREA WILL EXPERIENCE A LULL IN WINTER WEATHER TONIGHT
THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT, AS A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS IN.

THEN ON CHRISTMAS MORNING A PACIFIC STORM WILL SPREAD SNOW INTO
EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO. SNOWFALL IN THE MOUNTAINS WILL
INCREASE THROUGHOUT THURSDAY, WHILE THE VALLEYS SHOULD SEE SNOWFALL
EARLY IN THE MORNING, POSSIBLY MIXING WITH RAIN DURING THE DAY.
AFTER A COLD FRONT PASSES LATE THURSDAY, SNOWFALL SHOULD CONTINUE AT
ALL ELEVATIONS THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO END
FRIDAY NIGHT.

THIS STORM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GREATLY IMPACT HOLIDAY TRAVEL OVER
ALL THE HIGH MOUNTAIN PASSES AND ALONG INTERSTATE 70. VAIL, MONARCH,
RABBIT EARS AND DOUGLAS PASSES MAY BECOME SNOWPACKED AND ICY WITH
REDUCED VISIBILITY ON CHRISTMAS DAY, FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT.


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