607  
WWUS85 KGJT 162017  
SPSGJT  
 
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO  
217 PM MDT TUE OCT 16 2018  
 
COZ019-UTZ028-170830-  
SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF SILVERTON, RICO, HESPERUS, AND MONTICELLO  
217 PM MDT TUE OCT 16 2018  
 
A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER ARIZONA IS EXPECTED TO MOVE NORTH-  
NORTHEASTWARD OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS, BRINGING ANOTHER ROUND OF  
PRECIPITATION TO THE AREA WITH SOUTHEAST UTAH AND SOUTHWEST  
COLORADO FAVORED. MODELS SUGGESTED LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS ARE  
EXPECTED ALONG THE HIGHWAYS THROUGH THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS, BUT 4  
TO 8 INCHES OF SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE OVER THE HIGHEST PEAKS, MAINLY  
ABOVE 9000 FEET. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE ABOVE  
TIMBERLINE BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS  
EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY AND LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS OF  
SNOW COULD EXTEND TO ELEVATIONS AS LOW AS 7000 FEET.  
 
MODEL SOLUTIONS WERE NOT IN GOOD AGREEMENT WITH THE TRACK AND  
TIMING OF THIS STORM SO CHANGES TO THE FORECAST ARE LIKELY AS  
FUTURE MODEL RUNS APPROACH CONSENSUS. REGARDLESS, TRAVELERS  
SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW AT MIDWEEK WHICH MAY  
AFFECT TRAVEL OVER COAL BANK, MOLAS, AND RED MOUNTAIN PASSES IN  
THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS AND GEYSER PASS THROUGH THE LA SALS.  
HUNTERS AND OTHER OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS SHOULD PLAN FOR WINTER  
WEATHER ACROSS THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS AND ARE ENCOURAGED TO  
REASSESS PLANS, ROUTES AND EQUIPMENT NEEDS.  
 
MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR LOCAL MEDIA FOR THE LATEST UPDATES  
ON THIS DEVELOPING SITUATION.  
 

 
 
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