Special Weather Statement
Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
339 PM MDT Mon Mar 20 2017

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-Flat Tops-
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, Hahns Peak, Toponas, Steamboat Springs,
Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade, Collbran, De Beque, New Castle,
Mesa, Parachute, Rifle, Silt, Eagle, Edwards, Glenwood Springs,
Carbondale, Basalt, Skyway, Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Montrose,
Hotchkiss, Delta, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, Marble, Buford,
Trappers Lake, Gunnison, Cimarron, Ridgway, Glade Park,
Telluride, Ouray, Lake City, Silverton, Rico, Hesperus, Gateway,
Nucla, Cortez, Dove Creek, Mancos, Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio,
Pagosa Springs, Blanding, Bluff, Mexican Hat, Manila, Dutch John,
Vernal, Jensen, Ballard, Fort Duchesne, Randlett, Moab,
Castle Valley, Thompson Springs, Monticello,
Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park,
and Fry Canyon
339 PM MDT Mon Mar 20 2017

...Near Record Warmth Comes to an End Wednesday Night as Early
Spring Storm Brings a Return to Winter-Like Conditions...

Warmer than normal temperatures and breezy to windy conditions
will continue through Wednesday afternoon, before a strong
Pacific storm moves across the area Wednesday night through
Friday morning. This storm will bring a dramatic change back to
winter-like conditions after an extended period of record warmth.

Mainly rain showers and some thunderstorms will precede the frontal
passage, then much colder air will sweep through the area
Thursday afternoon and evening. Snow levels will start at 9000 to
10,000 feet Wednesday afternoon then lower to between 6000 and
7000 feet by Thursday night into Friday morning.

Significant snowfall is a possibility with this storm, initially
only over the higher mountains above 8000 to 9000 feet Thursday
afternoon, but quickly lowering to envelop most mountain passes,
then reaching many valley bottoms late Thursday night into early
Friday morning.

If you plan to travel through the mountains late this week, be
prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions, with hazardous
winter driving possible Wednesday night through Friday morning.
Stay tuned to your favorite media outlet and NOAA weather radio,
and check weather and road conditions before traveling.


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