NOAA Issues Winter Storm Watch For Colorado

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NOAA Issues Winter Storm Watch For Colorado

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NOAA Issues Winter Storm Watch For Colorado

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Radar forecast for Nov. 18 | Photo Credit: NOAA | Cover Photo: IrishFireside

A winter storm is starting to cover the western USA and Colorado is on deck to receive some significant accumulation over the next few days.

Related: Businesses In Colorado Mountain Towns Suffer During Lackluster Early Ski Season

So far, models indicate that portions of central to Southwest Colorado could see the heaviest snowfalls with Crested Butte, Monarch, and Vail Pass projected to see the biggest accumulations over the course of the next 2 days.

“Significant snow accumulations will be possible Thursday morning through the afternoon, with some spots receiving several inches.”NWS Grand Junction

On the flip-side, the Front range continues to uphold a Red Flag Warningfor wildfires. Hopefully that warning subsides permanently for the season once the snow really begins to fall.

LET IT SNOW!

Photo Credit: NWS Grand Junction

Photo Credit: NWS Grand Junction

LET IT SNOW!

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Winter Storm Watch (Colorado)

…WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT…

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE THE CITIES OF… RANGELY… DINOSAUR… CRAIG… HAYDEN…MEEKER…RIO BLANCO…COLUMBINE…HAHNS PEAK… TOPONAS… STEAMBOAT SPRINGS… ASPEN… VAIL… SNOWMASS… CRESTED BUTTE… TAYLOR PARK… MARBLE… BUFORD… TRAPPERS LAKE…RIDGWAY…GLADE PARK… TELLURIDE… OURAY… LAKE CITY… SILVERTON… RICO… HESPERUS.

* TIMING…SNOWFALL WILL BEGIN LATE TONIGHT AND INCREASE THURSDAY BEFORE DECREASING THURSDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION…5 TO 10 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS IN THE MOUNTAINS…2 TO 5 INCHES ACROSS THE ROAN AND UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAUS AND FROM 1 TO 3 INCHES IN THE NORTHWEST VALLEYS OF COLORADO ARE POSSIBLE.

* SNOW LEVEL…LOWERING TO VALLEY FLOORS BY THURSDAY MORNING.

* WINDS…GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS FROM 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST DURING THE DAY THURSDAY.

* VISIBILITY…MAY LOWER TO LESS THAN ONE MILE AT TIMES IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW…ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS.

* IMPACTS…ROADS OVER THE MOUNTAIN PASSES AND ACROSS THE COLORADO NORTHWEST PLATEAU MAY BECOMING ICY AND SNOWPACKED. IN ADDITION…GUSTY WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW COULD RESULT IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.

 

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