Winter Storm Warnings Issued But…

6 am

I don’t usually try to take to big of a public stand with the NWS but I really hope they fix the wording on the lower elevation warnings. Once again as you will read they have issued a blanket Winter Storm Warning and the amounts they have listed are too low for Durango and Bayfield and Pagosa. So to the City and County officials, first responders and most of all CDOT and the plow contractors who follow me please be aware of this. At the moment I am expecting 12-20 inches or more in town in Durango, Bayfield and Pagosa.

Here is their low elevation WSW

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
342 AM MST WED FEB 20 2019

COZ020>023-UTZ022-029-202100-
/O.UPG.KGJT.WS.A.0005.190221T0000Z-190223T0000Z/
/O.EXA.KGJT.WS.W.0007.190221T0000Z-190223T0000Z/
PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES RIVER-
FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER-ANIMAS RIVER BASIN-
SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN-SOUTHEAST UTAH-CANYONLANDS/NATURAL BRIDGES-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF GATEWAY, NUCLA, CORTEZ, DOVE CREEK,
MANCOS, DURANGO, BAYFIELD, IGNACIO, PAGOSA SPRINGS, BLANDING,
CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK,
AND FRY CANYON
342 AM MST WED FEB 20 2019

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
5 PM MST FRIDAY…

* WHAT…HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED TO DEVELOP BY THIS EVENING. TOTAL
SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 12 INCHES EXPECTED. LOCALLY HIGHER
ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE.

* WHERE…PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST UTAH AND SOUTHWEST COLORADO.

* WHEN…FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM MST FRIDAY.

Here is the higher elevation Winter Storm Warning, I am generally in agreement with it, based on how the last storm did at elevation and this storm taking a more southern path foothill locations (mid-elevations) may very well outperform some of the higher mountain locations with the exception of Wolf Creek.

COZ018-019-UTZ028-202100-
/O.CON.KGJT.WS.W.0007.190221T0000Z-190223T0000Z/
NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF TELLURIDE, OURAY, LAKE CITY, SILVERTON,
RICO, HESPERUS, AND MONTICELLO
342 AM MST WED FEB 20 2019

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 5 PM MST FRIDAY…

* WHAT…HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED TO REDEVELOP BY THIS EVENING AND
PERSIST FOR PROLONGED PERIODS THROUGH FRIDAY. TOTAL SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS OF 12 TO 24 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH LOCALLY
HIGHER MOUNTAINS UP 33 INCHES POSSIBLE.

* WHERE…SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS.

* WHEN…FROM 5 PM WEDNESDAY TO 5 PM MST FRIDAY.

 

I will be updating throughout the day stay tuned!

 

 

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