Hazardous Weather Outlook
Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
540 AM MDT Thu Apr 12 2018

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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-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-
540 AM MDT Thu Apr 12 2018

This hazardous weather outlook is for eastern Utah and western
Colorado.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

Strong pre-frontal southwest winds will batter the region today
with speeds ranging from 20 to 30 MPH and gusts to 45 to 55 MPH
from late morning into the evening. Meanwhile, the combination of
strong wind, low relative humidity, and dry vegetation is expected
to result in critical fire weather conditions for the lower
elevations of southwest Colorado. Any fire starts could result in
extreme fire behavior.

Tonight snow will develop over the northern and central mountains
with some snow reaching valley floors by morning. 2 to 5 inches
of snow are expected above 8000 feet with local amounts of up to
7 inches above the treeline.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Friday through Wednesday

Significant snowfall is expected for the northern and central
Colorado mountains Friday, along with areas of blowing snow.
Additional accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with local amounts up to
8 inches will bring storm total accumulations of 5 to 10 inches
above 8000 feet with local amounts up to 15 inches expected by
Friday evening.

Another round of windy and unsettled conditions is possible
Monday night into Tuesday of next week with snow developing.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Spotter activation is not expected today or tonight, however
spotters are encouraged to report excessive wind or any observed
wind related damage to the National Weather Service in Grand
Junction.

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