Regional Weather Synopsis
Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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NZUS99 KGJT 231445
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.

SNOW SHOWERS WILL END IN THE NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS
AROUND NOON... FOLLOWED BY A LULL IN WINTER WEATHER
TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

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.

A WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS
AND PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN COLORADO AND
EASTERN UTAH FOR CHRISTMAS DAY THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.

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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