Advisories Issued, Thoughts on Snow Totals

8 am

More clouds than sun today as SW winds bring moisture into the atmosphere above. First flakes and drops should occur mostly later tonight, but I wouldn’t rule out precipitation on the passes this afternoon.  The first advisories were issued, expect more on Friday and perhaps Monday.  The first storm is strong but the NW will favor  Telluride to Ouray and Red Mountain. A lot of snow is possible on the North Side of Red Mountain Pass some of the higher elevations there could see 2 feet of snow. If you are traveling the 550 passes be ready for closures and nearly impossible driving conditions.

To a lesser extent the areas west of Dwest, Hesperus, Mayday, areas northeast of Mancos and north of Dolores will be favored over other areas in the NW flow don’t be surprised to see snow squalls tomorrow by late morning. Here are some preliminary ideas on total snow.

Scroll below the advisories to see the snow totals.

COZ018-019-092200-
/O.NEW.KGJT.WW.Y.0025.190410T0600Z-190411T1500Z/
NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF TELLURIDE, OURAY, LAKE CITY, SILVERTON,
RICO, AND HESPERUS
352 AM MDT TUE APR 9 2019

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO
9 AM MDT THURSDAY…

* WHAT…SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 12 INCHES
WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS EXPECTED. WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 50
MPH.

* WHERE…NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS AND SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN
MOUNTAINS.

* WHEN…FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM MDT THURSDAY.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…TRAVEL COULD BE DIFFICULT AT TIMES,
ESPECIALLY OVER THE HIGHER PASSES. VISIBILITY WILL BE REDUCED AT
TIMES IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. A DETAILED MAP OF THE SNOWFALL
CAN BE FOUND AT: WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GJT/WINTER.

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.

THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR THE STATE YOU ARE CALLING FROM CAN
BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5 1 1.

COZ017-092200-
/O.NEW.KGJT.WW.Y.0025.190410T0600Z-190411T1500Z/
UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF RIDGWAY AND GLADE PARK
352 AM MDT TUE APR 9 2019

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO
9 AM MDT THURSDAY…

* WHAT…SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES
WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS EXPECTED. WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS
40 MPH.

* WHERE…UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE.

* WHEN…FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM MDT THURSDAY.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…TRAVEL COULD BE DIFFICULT AT TIMES,
ESPECIALLY OVER THE HIGHER PASSES. VISIBILITY WILL BE REDUCED AT
TIMES IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. A DETAILED MAP OF THE SNOWFALL
CAN BE FOUND AT: WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GJT/WINTER.

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.

THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR THE STATE YOU ARE CALLING FROM CAN
BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5 1 1.

Here are the preliminary thoughts on snow totals

Screenshot 2019-04-09 at 9.49.46 AMScreenshot 2019-04-08 at 12.32.29 PM

Scattered snow showers will continue over the northern areas likely until the next storm arrives late on Friday. As I mentioned this storm is going to explode over the Upper Midwest check out the snow totals over the Dakotas and SW Minnesota by Friday.

ecmwf-dakotas-total_snow_10to1-5135200

 

 

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