685  
WWUS85 KGJT 222213  
SPSGJT  
 
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO  
413 PM MDT WED MAR 22 2017  
 
COZ001>014-017>023-UTZ022>025-027>029-231300-  
LOWER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-CENTRAL YAMPA RIVER BASIN-  
ROAN AND TAVAPUTS PLATEAUS-ELKHEAD AND PARK MOUNTAINS-  
UPPER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-GRAND VALLEY-DEBEQUE TO SILT CORRIDOR-  
CENTRAL COLORADO RIVER BASIN-GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS-  
GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS-  
CENTRAL GUNNISON AND UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BASIN-  
WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-FLAT TOPS-  
UPPER GUNNISON RIVER VALLEY-UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE-  
NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-  
PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES RIVER-  
FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER-ANIMAS RIVER BASIN-  
SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN-SOUTHEAST UTAH-EASTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS-  
EASTERN UINTA BASIN-TAVAPUTS PLATEAU-ARCHES/GRAND FLAT-  
LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-CANYONLANDS/NATURAL BRIDGES-  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF RANGELY, DINOSAUR, CRAIG, HAYDEN, MEEKER,  
RIO BLANCO, COLUMBINE, HAHNS PEAK, TOPONAS, STEAMBOAT SPRINGS,  
GRAND JUNCTION, FRUITA, PALISADE, COLLBRAN, DE BEQUE, NEW CASTLE,  
MESA, PARACHUTE, RIFLE, SILT, EAGLE, EDWARDS, GLENWOOD SPRINGS,  
CARBONDALE, BASALT, SKYWAY, ASPEN, VAIL, SNOWMASS, MONTROSE,  
HOTCHKISS, DELTA, CRESTED BUTTE, TAYLOR PARK, MARBLE, BUFORD,  
TRAPPERS LAKE, GUNNISON, CIMARRON, RIDGWAY, GLADE PARK,  
TELLURIDE, OURAY, LAKE CITY, SILVERTON, RICO, HESPERUS, GATEWAY,  
NUCLA, CORTEZ, DOVE CREEK, MANCOS, DURANGO, BAYFIELD, IGNACIO,  
PAGOSA SPRINGS, BLANDING, BLUFF, MEXICAN HAT, MANILA, DUTCH JOHN,  
VERNAL, JENSEN, BALLARD, FORT DUCHESNE, RANDLETT, MOAB,  
CASTLE VALLEY, THOMPSON SPRINGS, MONTICELLO,  
CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK,  
AND FRY CANYON  
413 PM MDT WED MAR 22 2017  
 
...NEAR RECORD WARMTH WILL COME TO AN END TONIGHT AS AN EARLY  
SPRING STORM BRINGS A RETURN TO WINTER-LIKE CONDITIONS...  
 
WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BREEZY TO WINDY CONDITIONS  
WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THIS EVENING, BEFORE A STRONG PACIFIC STORM  
MOVES ACROSS THE AREA TOMORROW MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.  
THIS STORM WILL BRING A DRAMATIC CHANGE BACK TO WINTER-LIKE  
CONDITIONS AFTER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF NEAR RECORD WARMTH.  
 
MAINLY RAIN SHOWERS AND SOME THUNDERSTORMS WILL PRECEDE THE  
FRONTAL PASSAGE, THEN MUCH COLDER AIR WILL SWEEP THROUGH THE AREA  
LATE TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND EVENING. SNOW LEVELS WILL START AT  
9000 TO 10,000 FEET TONIGHT THEN LOWER TO BETWEEN 6000 AND 7000  
FEET BY TOMORROW NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING.  
 
SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL IS A POSSIBILITY WITH THIS STORM, INITIALLY  
ONLY OVER THE HIGHER MOUNTAINS ABOVE 8000 TO 9000 FEET TOMORROW  
AFTERNOON, BUT QUICKLY LOWERING TO ENVELOP MOST MOUNTAIN PASSES,  
THEN REACHING SOME VALLEY BOTTOMS LATE TOMORROW NIGHT INTO EARLY  
FRIDAY MORNING. VALLEY ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE LIMITED.  
 
IF YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS LATE THIS WEEK, BE  
PREPARED FOR RAPIDLY CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS, WITH HAZARDOUS WINTER  
DRIVING CONDITIONS POSSIBLE BEGINNING TOMORROW MORNING AND  
CONTINUING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. STAY TUNED TO YOUR FAVORITE  
MEDIA OUTLET AND NOAA WEATHER RADIO, AND CHECK WEATHER AND ROAD  
CONDITIONS BEFORE TRAVELING.  
 

 

 
 
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