Grand and Battlement Mesas Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Winter Storm Warning
Statement as of 09:29 AM MST die 22o December, anno 2014

...Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 PM MST this evening...

* timing...snow will continue through today. The focus for the greatest snow accumulation will generally be east of Highway 65.

* Snow accumulation...10 to 14 inches.

* Winds...northwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 80 mph.

* Impacts...accumulating snow will result in icy and snow packed roads and highways...especially over the mountain summits. The combination of snow...blowing snow and fog will limit visibility below 1 mile at times.

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.

Avalanche Warning
Statement as of 06:30 AM MST die 22o 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...warning extended to cover the Front Range, Tenmile, Gore, Elk, west Elk, Sawatch ranges and Grand Mesa on Monday...

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

Significant new snow with very strong westerly winds have contributed to dangerous avalanche conditions across the Colorado backcountry.

At this time backcountry travel across the warning area is not recommended.

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630 am MST Mon Dec 22 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...warning extended to cover the Front Range, Tenmile, Gore, Elk, west Elk, Sawatch ranges and Grand Mesa on Monday...

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

Significant new snow with very strong westerly winds have contributed to dangerous avalanche conditions across the Colorado backcountry.

At this time backcountry travel across the warning area is not recommended.

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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 7:10 am MST on December 22, 2014

A strong winter storm has generated areas of moderate to heavy snowfall with blowing snow in many mountain areas. This current storm started Sunday morning and will continue through this evening.

The following are some snowfall estimates for the mountains of eastern Utah and western Colorado gathered from snotel observation sites. Amounts are as of 6 am Monday.

Northeast Utah mountains: 2 to 4 inches. Southeast Utah mountains: none. Northwest Colorado mountains: elkheads and park range: 10 to 20 inches, with 23 at lost dog. Flattops: 10 to 20 inches, with 23 at Bison Lake. Central Colorado mountains: grand mesa: 4 to 8 inches. Gore Range and Elk mountains: 10 to 18 inches. West elks and Sawatch range: 8 to 18 inches, with 22 at Schofield Pass. Southwest Colorado mountains: uncompaghre plateau: 1 inch. Northwest san juans: 7 to 10 inches. Southwest san juans: 5 to 8 inches, with 18 at Beartown.

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