Hazardous Weather Outlook From NWS-Normal Update Follows This Afternoon

The HWO is a medium-term non-advisory “heads up”. I have my own version of this when I say, “it’s too early for sure to know, but just keep this in the back of your head as a possibility. I said it the other day in fact, and I said, I will address the travel concerns as we get a little closer. I will be updating again, later today. I will likely begin addressing the potential travel impacts on Thursday’s post. Email me at the “Click here to contact” link at the bottom if you have concerns. I will address all of those questions on Thursday!

Here is the HWO:

HWOGJT

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
408 AM MDT WED MAR 11 2020

COZ001>014-017>023-UTZ022>025-027>029-121015-
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-
408 AM MDT WED MAR 11 2020

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN
COLORADO.

DAY ONE
TODAY AND TONIGHT

SNOW SPREADS NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS TODAY AND WILL
CONTINUE TONIGHT AS A SURGE OF PACIFIC MOISTURE REACHES THE AREA
FROM THE SOUTHWEST. ACCUMULATIONS ARE GENERALLY EXPECTED TO RANGE
FROM 2 TO 4 INCHES ABOVE 8500 FEET, WITH FROM 4 TO 8 INCHES LIKELY
OVER THE RIDGES OF THE PARK RANGE. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE
POSSIBLE OVER SOUTHEAST UTAH AND SOUTHWEST COLORADO DURING THE
AFTERNOON.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN
THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

A MORE POTENT SYSTEM IMPACTS THE FORECAST AREA FRIDAY AND FRIDAY
NIGHT WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY SNOW OVER THE SAN JUAN
MOUNTAINS AND MODERATE SNOW ACROSS THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS. TRAVEL
COULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED ALONG HIGHWAY 550 OVER MOLAS,
COAL BANK AND RED MOUNTAIN PASSES. PERIODS OF SNOW ARE LIKELY
DURING THE WEEKEND AND EARLY NEXT WEEK AS THE PATTERN REMAINS
UNSETTLED OVER THE AREA.

Next Update around 1 pm Today

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One thought on “Hazardous Weather Outlook From NWS-Normal Update Follows This Afternoon

  1. Richard Jacobs

    VERY heavy snow 550 just past MM 46, about 2 miles south of Purg. Elevation 8,950’.

    On Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 6:57 AM Durango Weather Guy wrote:

    > durangoweatherguy posted: “The HWO is a medium-term non-advisory “heads > up”. I have my own version of this when I say, “it’s too early for sure to > know, but just keep this in the back of your head as a possibility. I said > it the other day in fact, and I said, I will address the tra” >

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