As I mentioned the advisory wording is very similar to the previous storm. They just changed the days. So we’re all on the same page this storm is arriving this evening and concluding sometime on Friday.
The overnight models all slowed this storm down just a little bit and are trending just slightly cooler. I will be talking about the snow levels a little later today. For now, I wanted to get these advisories out.
COZ022-023-171930- /O.EXT.KGJT.WW.Y.0005.190118T0400Z-190118T1900Z/ ANIMAS RIVER BASIN-SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF DURANGO, BAYFIELD, IGNACIO, AND PAGOSA SPRINGS 430 AM MST THU JAN 17 2019 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON MST FRIDAY... * WHAT...SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS IN THE FOOTHILLS. WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 35 MPH. * WHERE...SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN AND ANIMAS RIVER BASIN. * WHEN...FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON MST FRIDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS COULD IMPACT THE MORNING COMMUTE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. EXPECT SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
COZ018-019-171930- /O.EXT.KGJT.WW.Y.0005.190118T0100Z-190119T0100Z/ NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF TELLURIDE, OURAY, LAKE CITY, SILVERTON, RICO, AND HESPERUS 430 AM MST THU JAN 17 2019 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM MST FRIDAY... * WHAT...SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 12 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 45 MPH. * WHERE...SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS AND NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS. * WHEN...FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM MST FRIDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...TRAVEL COULD BE VERY DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY OVER RED MOUNTAIN, LIZARD HEAD AND MOLAS PASSES. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW COULD SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE VISIBILITY.
Stay tuned, I will probably do a couple of shorter updates throughout the day as new info comes in, rather than a long one at the end of the day.