Elkhead and Park Mountains Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Winter Storm Warning
Statement as of 05:38 AM MST die 23o November, anno 2014

...Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 PM MST Monday...

* timing...snow and blowing snow will continue through Monday afternoon with breaks in snowfall...especially today...before more snow falls tonight and Monday.

* Snow accumulation...10 to 20 inches in the mountains. 8 to 14 inches across the upper Yampa River basin.

* Winds...west 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

* Impacts...travel will be challenging due to poor visibility in snow...fog...and blowing snow. Inclement winter weather conditions will impact McClure...Vail...and Rabbit Ears passes... as well as Highway 65 over the Grand Mesa and Highway 50 over Monarch Pass.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are expected or occurring. Strong winds and blowing snow are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Special Weather Statement
Statement as of 10:47 AM MST die 20o November, anno 2014

...Strong winter storm is possible this weekend...

The first in a series of Pacific weather systems will move across the region today followed by a second disturbance passing to the south on Friday. No significant snowfall is expected from these two disturbances.

However...a third and much stronger Pacific storm will arrive Saturday and could bring significant mountain snowfall through the weekend. The valleys of western Colorado and eastern Utah may also see some snow.

For elevations above 9000 feet in the northwest and central mountains of western Colorado...early indicators suggest that more than 12 inches of snow could fall within a 24-hour period Saturday evening through Sunday night. For other mountain areas...6 to 12 inches of snow are possible. Considerable blowing and drifting snow will accompany the heavy snowfall possibly resulting in near whiteout conditions over the mountain passes.

Periods of snow may continue from Sunday afternoon through Tuesday as favorable northwesterly flow sets up. More significant snowfall and gusty winds above timberline may continue.

Anyone planning travel or outdoor activities into the high country this weekend and early next week should monitor the latest forecasts. Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather...especially Saturday afternoon and evening. Visit www.Weather.Gov/gjt for the latest information on this developing winter storm.

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