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
1049 PM MST TUE DEC 23 2014

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

.ON CHRISTMAS MORNING SNOW WILL SPREAD INTO EASTERN UTAH AND
WESTERN COLORADO AS A WINTER STORM MOVES ACROSS THE REGION.
SNOWFALL IN THE MOUNTAINS AND HIGHER VALLEYS WILL INCREASE
THROUGHOUT CHRISTMAS DAY. THE LOWER VALLEYS SHOULD SEE SNOWFALL
EARLY IN THE MORNING...POSSIBLY MIXING WITH RAIN DURING THE DAY.
AFTER A COLD FRONT PASSES BY MIDDAY TO EARLY AFTERNOON...RAIN IN
THESE VALLEYS WILL CHANGE OVER TO ALL SNOW BY NIGHTFALL. SNOW WILL
THEN CONTINUE OVERNIGHT AND INTO FRIDAY EVENING.

A WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR VARIOUS MOUNTAIN RANGES
AND PLATEAUS OF WESTERN COLORADO AND FOR THE EASTERN UINTA
MOUNTAINS OF 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.
MOUNTAIN PASSES MAY BECOME SNOWPACKED AND ICY WITH REDUCED
VISIBILITY ON CHRISTMAS DAY...FRIDAY...AND FRIDAY NIGHT.

COZ003-004-009-010-012-013-018-019-UTZ023-241400-
/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-
NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
EASTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...RIO BLANCO...TOPONAS...SKYWAY...ASPEN...
VAIL...CRESTED BUTTE...MARBLE...BUFORD...TRAPPERS LAKE...OURAY...
TELLURIDE...LAKE CITY...SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS...MANILA...
DUTCH JOHN
1049 PM 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.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH...
  SHIFTING TO THE WEST CHRISTMAS EVENING AND THEN DECREASING.

* IMPACTS...HOLIDAY TRAVEL COULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED
  ESPECIALLY ALONG HIGHWAY 550 OVER RED MOUNTAIN...MOLAS AND
  COAL BANK PASSES...AND ALONG HIGHWAY 145 OVER LIZARD HEAD
  PASS. 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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