512  
WWUS85 KGJT 152122  
SPSGJT  
 
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO  
222 PM MST WED JAN 15 2020  
 
COZ001>014-017>023-UTZ022>025-027>029-161200-  
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  
222 PM MST WED JAN 15 2020  
 
A STRONG STORM WILL BE MOVING ACROSS EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN  
COLORADO STARTING THURSDAY MORNING AND PERSISTING THROUGH FRIDAY  
EVENING. THIS FAVORABLE WEATHER PATTERN MAY BRING MODERATE TO  
HEAVY SNOWFALL TO THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS STARTING THURSDAY  
MORNING. THIS SNOW WILL SPREAD TO THE REMAINING MOUNTAIN RANGES  
THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY. THE PEAK SNOWFALL RATES LOOK TO OCCUR  
ON FRIDAY MORNING, WHICH COULD IMPACT TRAVEL.  
 
SOME UNCERTAINTY REMAINS ON THE EXACT TRACK AND STRENGTH OF THE  
SYSTEM, BUT EARLY INDICATIONS ARE THAT A MAJORITY OF THE MOUNTAIN  
PASSES WILL BE IMPACTED, ESPECIALLY FRIDAY. IN ADDITION TO THE  
HEAVY SNOW POTENTIAL WIND GUSTS COULD REACH 40 TO 60 MPH IN THE  
HIGHEST ELEVATIONS CAUSING LOW VISIBILITY AND DRIFTING SNOW.  
ANYONE PLANNING TO TRAVEL ACROSS EASTERN UTAH OR WESTERN COLORADO  
SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST FORECAST AS THIS WINTER STORM MOVES INTO  
THE REGION.  
 

 
 
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