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Winter Storm Watch

Statement as of 3:29 AM MST on December 19, 2014

Expires 8:00 PM EST on December 22, 2014

... Winter Storm Watch in effect from late Saturday night through
Monday afternoon...

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a
Winter Storm Watch... which is in effect from late Saturday night
through Monday afternoon.

* Timing... snow is expected to develop Saturday night and
intensify through Sunday. The heaviest snow should fall Sunday
afternoon and Sunday night.

* Snow accumulation... 10 to 20 inches with locally higher amounts
possible along west and northwest facing slopes.

* Winds... west 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

* Impacts... accumulating snow will result in icy and snow packed
roads and highways... especially over the mountain summits. The
combination of snow and fog will limit visibility below 1 mile
at times. Areas of blowing and drifting snow will occur above

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow accumulations and/or blowing snow that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Special Statement

Statement as of 3:41 PM MST on December 18, 2014

Expires 9:45 AM EST on December 19, 2014

... Significant mountain snowfall possible Sunday afternoon into
Tuesday... with another storm possible on Christmas day...

Inclement weather will be hanging around eastern Utah and western
Colorado for at least another week as a series of Pacific storms
move through the region. Light snow will remain a threat mainly
across the northeast Utah and north-central Colorado mountains
through Sunday... with a small break coming Friday afternoon and

By late Sunday... upper level winds will be swinging around to the
northwest sending a series of very moist disturbances into the
northern and central mountains of western Colorado. This favorable
wind flow combined with the Pacific moisture may result in a
prolonged period of moderate to heavy snowfall from Vail Pass
northward to the Wyoming state line near Steamboat Springs. Early
indications suggest well over a foot of new snow will be possible
between Sunday afternoon and late Tuesday evening. Much of the
central Colorado mountains will also experience some snow Sunday
night and Monday.

Long range computer models suggest another storm will pass through
the region Christmas eve or on Christmas day. This storm will be
colder with the potential to bring snow to even the lower valleys
of eastern Utah and western Colorado.

With heavy Holiday travel anticipated... the impact from any
snowfall late this weekend through Christmas day may result in
significant delays. Plan ahead and check the latest forecast
before traveling across eastern Utah and western Colorado.

Weather Severe Map
Arkansas - Dense Fog Advisory , Record Report
American Samoa - Flash Flood Watch
California - High Surf Advisory , Coastal Flood Advisory, High Surf Advisory , High Surf Advisory, Coastal Flood Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory
Colorado - Winter Storm Watch , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Hawaii - High Surf Advisory
Idaho - Winter Storm Watch , Special Weather Statement
Kansas - Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Louisiana - Flood Watch
Maryland - Special Statement
Michigan - Winter Weather Advisory
Missouri - Dense Fog Advisory
Montana - Winter Weather Statement , Dense Fog Advisory
Nebraska - Special Statement , Public Information Statement
New Mexico - Dense Fog Advisory
New York - Winter Weather Advisory
North Dakota - Special Statement
Ohio - Winter Weather Advisory
Oklahoma - Dense Fog Advisory
Oregon - High Surf Advisory , Special Statement
Pennsylvania - Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement
Tennessee - Special Statement
Texas - Areal Flood Advisory , Dense Fog Advisory , Public Information Statement
Utah - Winter Storm Watch , Special Statement
Washington - High Surf Advisory , High Surf Advisory, Coastal Flood Watch , High Wind Watch , Winter Weather Advisory , Air Stagnation Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report
West Virginia - Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement
Wisconsin - Areal Flood Warning , Special Weather Statement
Wyoming - High Wind Watch , Winter Storm Watch , Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement