Roan and Tavaputs Plateaus Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Blizzard Warning, Winter Weather Advisory
Statement as of 03:09 AM MST die 22o December, anno 2014

...Blizzard Warning in effect until midnight MST tonight above 8000 feet... ...Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 6 PM MST this evening below 8000 feet...

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a Blizzard Warning above 8000 feet...which is in effect until midnight MST tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect below 8000 feet until 6 PM MST this evening.

* Timing...periods of snow will continue through this afternoon. The heaviest snow is expected to fall this morning.

* Snow accumulation...6 to 10 inches.

* Winds...northwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 75 mph above 8000 feet.

* Impacts...blowing and drifting snow will create whiteout conditions at times. The combination of snow...blowing snow and fog will limit visibility below 1/4 mile at times including Douglas Pass.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow and/or blowing snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities...and use caution while driving.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions...making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel...have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded...stay with your vehicle.

Avalanche Warning
Statement as of 05:59 PM MST die 21o December, anno 2014

The following message is transmitted at the request of the Colorado avalanche information center.

...Avalanche warning issued for the Steamboat and Flat Tops area of northern Colorado...

Strong winds, significant snow, and a very weak old snowpack have conspired to build dangerous avalanche conditions across northern Colorado for Sunday night into Monday.

As of sunset Sunday night 12 to 20 inches of new snow was reported from the area. Westerly winds had increased to a steady 20 plus miles per hour. The old snowpack had a persistently weak snow layer which will struggle to accept the new snow Load. Temperatures have also shown a steady rise during the storm cycle, which is another telltale sign of increasing avalanche danger.

At this time backcountry travel across the zone is not recommended.

Toepfer

559 PM MST sun Dec 21 2014

The following message is transmitted at the request of the Colorado avalanche information center.

...Avalanche warning issued for the Steamboat and Flat Tops area of northern Colorado...

Strong winds, significant snow, and a very weak old snowpack have conspired to build dangerous avalanche conditions across northern Colorado for Sunday night into Monday.

As of sunset Sunday night 12 to 20 inches of new snow was reported from the area. Westerly winds had increased to a steady 20 plus miles per hour. The old snowpack had a persistently weak snow layer which will struggle to accept the new snow Load. Temperatures have also shown a steady rise during the storm cycle, which is another telltale sign of increasing avalanche danger.

At this time backcountry travel across the zone is not recommended.

Toepfer

Local Storm Report

12/21/2014 0318 PM

2 miles ENE of Glenwood Spr, Garfield County.

Snow e3.5 inch, reported by dept of highways.

Estimated snowfall so far from Glenwood Springs to grizzly creek mm116 to 120.

12/21/2014 0303 PM

Meeker, Rio Blanco County.

Snow e2.0 inch, reported by Emergency Mngr.

Estimated 1 to 2 inches of snow so far in town. Snowing on and off.

12/21/2014 0248 PM

1 miles NNW of Shoshone, Garfield County.

Snow e1.5 inch, reported by trained spotter.

Estimated snowfall in Glenwood Canyon so far. Currently snowing.

12/21/2014 0244 PM

Carbondale, Garfield County.

Snow e5.0 inch, reported by public.

Snowfall since dawn. Still snowing

12/21/2014 1200 PM

1 miles E of Glenwood Sprin, Garfield County.

Snow e3.0 inch, reported by caic.

Estimated new snowfall of 2 to 4 inches for areas east of Glenwood Springs on I-70

12/21/2014 1110 am

8 miles NW of New Castle, Garfield County.

Snow e4.0 inch, reported by public.

Snowing on and off since last night.

12/21/2014 1110 am

8 miles NW of New Castle, Garfield County.

Snow e4.0 inch, reported by public.

Snowing on and off since last night.

12/21/2014 0750 am

4 miles NNE of Carbondale, Garfield County.

Snow e2.5 inch, reported by public.

Snowfall since last night at 6800 ft elevation. Snowing currently.

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