SWS from NWS

Right on time, an SWS (Special Weather Statement) from the NWS in Grand Junction. I will have a thorough update this afternoon. Next up from NWS will be a Winter Storm Watch, which may not be until tomorrow (Tuesday).

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
456 AM MST Mon Nov 18 2019

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
456 AM MST Mon Nov 18 2019


A strong and moisture laden storm system threatens to bring
considerable snowfall to the mountains of southeast Utah and
southwest and central Colorado from Tuesday night through
Thursday. Snowfall accumulations could potentially exceed 1 foot
in the previously mentioned mountain areas and perhaps as much as
two feet in the southwest San Juan Mountains by Thursday evening.
Due to the initial warmth associated with this system heavy
snowfall is likely to be limited to areas above 9000 feet. Even
so, valley locations could see moderate to heavy rain at times
after a prolonged period of dry weather.

Travel over higher mountain passes in the southern and central
mountains will be impacted from Tuesday night through Thursday,
including Red Mountain, Coal Bank, and Schofield Passes. Take
proper precautions if traveling during this time period and stay
tuned for updates on this developing late fall storm.


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