Sunday, October 5, 2008

First Winter Storm Warning of the Season

A STRONG PACIFIC STORM WILL CONTINUE TO BRING SNOW TO MUCH OF THE HIGHER MOUNTAINS THROUGH TONIGHT... .A STRONG PACIFIC STORM WILL CONTINUE MOVING THROUGH THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING AND WILL PRODUCE HEAVY SNOW ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO... GENERALLY ABOVE 9000 FEET. IN ADDITION TO THE SNOWFALL... GUSTY WINDS IN THE MOUNTAINS WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW. THE STORM WILL BEGIN MOVING EAST OF THE AREA TONIGHT WITH SNOW ENDING OVER THE MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN UTAH... BUT CONTINUING FOR MUCH OF THE MOUNTAINS ACROSS WESTERN COLORADO.THIS IS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT WINTER SNOW EVENT OF THE SEASON AND IT WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ON ALL HIGH MOUNTAIN PASSES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOWPACKED... ICY AND SLUSHY MOUNTAIN ROADS OVER THE WEEKEND. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS THROUGH LOCAL MEDIA OR VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE... GRAND JUNCTION... WEB SITE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GJT.COZ018-019-060415- /O.CON.KGJT.WS.W.0015.000000T0000Z-081006T0600Z/ NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... OURAY... TELLURIDE... LAKE CITY... SILVERTON... RICO... HESPERUS 204 PM MDT SUN OCT 5 2008 ... WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT... A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT. WIDESPREAD SNOW WILL CONTINUE ABOVE 9000 FEET THROUGH THIS EVENING. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 8 TO 18 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ABOVE 9000 FEET BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTHWEST TODAY AND WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW... SLEET... AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

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