Winter Weather Warnings / Watches / Advisories
Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
856 AM MST TUE DEC 23 2014

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

.SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE IN THE NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS
THROUGH 9 AM THIS MORNING...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.

COZ018-231700-
/O.EXP.KGJT.WS.W.0020.000000T0000Z-141223T1600Z/
NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...OURAY...TELLURIDE...LAKE CITY
856 AM MST TUE DEC 23 2014

...WINTER STORM WARNING WILL EXPIRE AT 9 AM MST THIS MORNING...

SNOW HAS DIMINISHED ACROSS MUCH OF THE NORTHWEST SAN JUAN
MOUNTAINS THIS MORNING...AND WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS
ARE NO LONGER EXPECTED. AS A RESULT...THE WINTER STORM WARNING
WILL BE ALLOWED TO EXPIRE. IT WILL REMAIN WINDY OVER THE
PEAKS...HOWEVER.

$$

COZ003-004-009-010-012-013-UTZ023-240000-
/O.CON.KGJT.WS.A.0022.141225T1300Z-141227T0700Z/
ROAN AND TAVAPUTS PLATEAUS-ELKHEAD AND PARK MOUNTAINS-
GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS-
GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS-
WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-FLATTOPS-EASTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...RIO BLANCO...TOPONAS...SKYWAY...ASPEN...
VAIL...CRESTED BUTTE...MARBLE...BUFORD...TRAPPERS LAKE...MANILA...
DUTCH JOHN
856 AM MST TUE DEC 23 2014

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING
THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

* TIMING...SNOWFALL SHOULD BEGIN EARLY CHRISTMAS MORNING AND
  CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...IN EXCESS OF ONE FOOT POSSIBLE IN THE
  MOUNTAINS AND HIGH MOUNTAIN PASSES.

* SNOW LEVEL...ABOUT 5500 FEET EARLY THURSDAY...LOWERING TO THE
  VALLEY BOTTOMS BY SUNSET THURSDAY.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH SHIFTING
  TO THE NORTHWEST THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND DECREASING.

* VISIBILITY...LOWERING TO LESS THAN ONE MILE AT TIMES IN THE
  MOUNTAINS.

* IMPACTS...HOLIDAY TRAVEL COULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED...
  ESPECIALLY ALONG INTERSTATE 70 FROM THE COLORADO AND UTAH BORDER
  TO VAIL PASS. RABBIT EARS...DOUGLAS AND MONARCH PASSES MAY ALSO
  BE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED. ROADS MAY BECOME SNOWPACKED AND
  ICY...WITH VISIBILITY REDUCED IN SNOWFALL AND BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AND/OR BLOWING SNOW THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS WHILE YOU MAKE HOLIDAY
TRAVEL PLANS.

&&

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