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Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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NOUS45 KGJT 182200

400 PM MDT TUE OCT 18 2016


When a warning is issued during the winter season, will you know
what it means, and will you know how to respond.   During this
Colorado Winter Weather Preparedness Week, please become familiar
with our list of potentially life-saving winter weather products.

Today`s statement contains warning and advisory criteria for
Colorado west of the continental divide.  Criteria east of the
divide will be provided today in a separate issuance by the Boulder
forecast office.


A Hazardous Weather Outlook is issued daily by each National Weather
Service office serving Colorado.  The outlook provides information
on potentially hazardous weather out to 7 days into the future.
Also, the Weather Story, a graphic of expected hazardous weather,
is posted daily on National Weather Service web sites serving

                     WATCHES AND WARNINGS

A Winter Storm Watch is issued when hazardous winter storm
conditions are possible within the next 3 to 4 days, but the timing,
intensity, or occurrence may still be uncertain.

In contrast, a Winter Storm Warning is issued for potentially life-
threatening winter storm conditions, such as heavy snowfall or a
combination of snowfall and blowing snow, which are likely to occur
within the next 1 to 2 days.

Warning criteria for heavy snow is defined by the following amounts:

    Mountains:         12 inches or more per storm event.

    Lower Elevations:  6 inches or more per storm event.

    Or an early season or late season snowfall event having a
    significant impact but not meeting the above criteria.

A Blizzard Warning is issued when the following conditions are
expected to occur for at least 3 hours:

    Sustained winds of 35 mph or greater,
    and considerable falling and/or drifting snow
    with visibilities frequently less than 1/4 mile.

A High Wind Warning is issued for the following conditions:

    Mountains:         Sustained winds 50 mph or more or
                       gusts of at least 75 mph.

    Lower Elevations:  Sustained winds of 40 mph or more or
                       gusts of at least 58 mph.

A Wind Chill Warning will be issued for the following wind chill

    Mountains:         Minus 35 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.

    Lower Elevations:  Minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.

A Dust Storm Warning will be issued for the following conditions:

    Visibility reduced to 1/4 mile or less in blowing dust and
    sustained winds of 25 mph or greater for at least one hour.


Advisories for winter weather are issued for potentially hazardous
conditions which are considered more of a nuisance than a life-
threatening situation. However, if caution is not taken the advisory
events could become life-threatening.

Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Colorado will continue through
Saturday.  Additional public information statements will be issued
throughout the remainder of this week to help you know how to
respond when hazardous winter weather threatens.

Jim Pringle
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service
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