Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
635 AM MST WED NOV 19 2014

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LOWER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-CENTRAL YAMPA RIVER BASIN-
ROAN AND TAVAPUTS PLATEAUS-ELKHEAD AND PARK MOUNTAINS-
UPPER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-GRAND VALLEY-DEBEQUE TO SILT CORRIDOR-
CENTRAL COLORADO RIVER BASIN-GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS-
GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS-
CENTRAL GUNNISON AND UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BASIN-
WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-FLATTOPS-
UPPER GUNNISON RIVER VALLEY-UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE-
NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES RIVER-
FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER-ANIMAS RIVER BASIN-
SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN-SOUTHEAST UTAH-EASTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS-
EASTERN UINTA BASIN-TAVAPUTS PLATEAU-ARCHES/GRAND FLAT-
LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-CANYONLANDS/NATURAL BRIDGES-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...RANGELY...DINOSAUR...CRAIG...HAYDEN...
MEEKER...RIO BLANCO...COLUMBINE...TOPONAS...
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS AND VICINITY...GRAND JUNCTION...FRUITA...
PALISADE...RIFLE...SILT...PARACHUTE...MESA...GLENWOOD SPRINGS...
EAGLE...CARBONDALE...SKYWAY...ASPEN...VAIL...SNOWMASS...DELTA...
HOTCHKISS...MONTROSE...CRESTED BUTTE...TAYLOR PARK...MARBLE...
BUFORD...TRAPPERS LAKE...GUNNISON...CIMARRON...RIDGWAY...
GLADE PARK...OURAY...TELLURIDE...LAKE CITY...SILVERTON...RICO...
HESPERUS...GATEWAY...NUCLA...CORTEZ...DOVE CREEK...MANCOS...
DURANGO...BAYFIELD...IGNACIO...PAGOSA SPRINGS AND VICINITY...
BLANDING...BLUFF...MEXICAN HAT...MANILA...DUTCH JOHN...VERNAL...
JENSEN...BALLARD...FORT DUCHESNE...RANDLETT...MOAB...
CASTLE VALLEY...THOMPSON SPRINGS...MONTICELLO AND VICINITY
635 AM MST WED NOV 19 2014

...STRONG WINTER STORM IS POSSIBLE SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SUNDAY...

THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF PACIFIC WEATHER SYSTEMS WILL BE MOVING
ACROSS THE REGION ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. NO SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL
IS EXPECTED DURING THESE TWO DAYS.

THE NEXT PACIFIC STORM ARRIVES SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND COULD BRING
SIGNIFICANT MOUNTAIN SNOWFALL. THE VALLEYS OF WESTERN COLORADO
AND EASTERN UTAH COULD SEE SOME SNOW AS WELL.

FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 9000 FEET FOR THE NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL
MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN COLORADO...EARLY INDICATORS SUGGEST THAT MORE
THAN 12 INCHES OF SNOW COULD FALL WITHIN A 24 HOUR PERIOD FROM
NOON SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH NOON SUNDAY. FOR OTHER MOUNTAIN
AREAS...6 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE. CONSIDERABLE BLOWING
AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL ACCOMPANY THE HEAVY SNOWFALL...RESULTING IN
NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS OVER THE MOUNTAIN PASSES.

PERIODS OF SNOW MAY CONTINUE FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
TUESDAY. MORE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL AND GUSTY WINDS ABOVE
TIMBERLINE MAY CONTINUE.

ANYONE PLANNING TRAVEL OR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES INTO THE HIGH COUNTRY
THIS WEEKEND AND EARLY NEXT WEEK SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS. BE PREPARED FOR SUDDEN CHANGES IN THE WEATHER...ESPECIALLY
SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GJT FOR THE
LATEST INFORMATION ON THIS DEVELOPING WINTER STORM.

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