NOAA Upgrades Colorado Storm Today | 10-20″ of Snow Forecast All Over CO Next 2 Days

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    High probability of snow for Colorado on Monday/Tuesday.
High probability of snow for Colorado on Monday/Tuesday.

NOAA has upgraded yesterday’s Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning today that is forecasting 10-20″ of snowfall all over Colorado from midnight tonight until 8am Tuesday. 

Pin = Telluride.  PINK = Winter Storm Warning.  BLUE = Winter Storm Watch.  BLUE = Winter Weather Watch.
Pin = Telluride. PINK = Winter Storm Warning. BLUE = Winter Storm Watch. BLUE = Winter Weather Watch.

This “potent” pacific storm has triggered a Winter Storm Warning, a Winter Storm Watch, and a Winter Weather Advisory for Colorado tonight through Tuesday (see map above).

A PACIFIC STORM WILL STRENGTHEN TODAY AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE
GREAT BASIN AND WILL BEGIN AFFECTING SOUTHEAST UTAH AND SOUTHWEST
COLORADO THIS EVENING. MOUNTAIN SNOW AND VALLEY RAIN AND SNOW WILL
SPREAD ACROSS ALL OF EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO LATE
TONIGHT AND MONDAY. SNOWFALL WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES IN PORTIONS OF
THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO AND SOUTHEAST
MOUNTAINS OF UTAH. SEVERAL WINTER STORM WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES
ARE IN EFFECT INTO TUESDAY MORNING.- NOAA Grand Junction, CO today
Snowfall forecast map showing up to 24" of snow in the San Juan mountains.
Snowfall forecast map showing up to 24″ of snow in the San Juan mountains.  image:  noaa, today.

Yesterday’s Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning for southwest Colorado including Telluride, Silverton, Wolf Creek, and Crested Butte that is Forecast to drop 10-20″ of snow between tonight and Tuesday

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...10 TO 20 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE BY TUESDAY
  MORNING. - NOAA Grand Junction, CO today
Pin = Telluride. PINK = Winter Storm Warning.
Pin = Telluride. PINK = Winter Storm Warning.

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued today for the central Colorado mountains including Aspen & Vail that is also forecasting 10-20″ of snowfall tonight through Tuesday.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...10 TO 20 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE BY TUESDAY
  MORNING WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS MAINLY ON NORTH FACING SLOPES
  ABOVE 10000 FEET. - NOAA Grand Junction, CO today
Pin = Aspen, CO. BLUE = Winter Storm Watch.
Pin = Aspen, CO. BLUE = Winter Storm Watch.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the Upper Gunnison River valley with 2-6″ of snowfall forecast between tonight and Monday evening.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...2 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE BY
  MONDAY AFTERNOON WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS NEAR CERRO SUMMIT. 
  - NOAA, Grand Junction, CO today
Pin = Cimmiron, CO. PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory
Pin = Cimmaron, CO. PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory

Colorado has 7 ski resorts currently open (24 ski resorts open in North America right now) but the only one open that’s under this Winter Storm Watch is Wolf Creek.  Wofly is gonna have a few very big powder days this week.

This storm will likely get more Colorado ski resorts open this week…

SKI RESORTS OPEN in COLORADO RIGHT NOW:

  • Loveland
  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Keystone
  • Copper Mountain
  • Aspen
  • Breckenridge
  • Wolf Creek
 High probability of snow for Colorado on Monday/Tuesday.
High probability of snow for Colorado on Monday/Tuesday.

WINTER STORM WARNING for COLORADO:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
400 AM MST SUN NOV 15 2015

.A PACIFIC STORM WILL STRENGTHEN TODAY AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE
GREAT BASIN AND WILL BEGIN AFFECTING SOUTHEAST UTAH AND SOUTHWEST
COLORADO THIS EVENING. MOUNTAIN SNOW AND VALLEY RAIN AND SNOW WILL
SPREAD ACROSS ALL OF EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO LATE
TONIGHT AND MONDAY. SNOWFALL WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES IN PORTIONS OF
THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO AND SOUTHEAST
MOUNTAINS OF UTAH. SEVERAL WINTER STORM WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES
ARE IN EFFECT INTO TUESDAY MORNING.

GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS-WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-
NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM
MST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A
WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS
IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM MST TUESDAY. THE WINTER
STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE THE CITIES OF...SKYWAY...CRESTED BUTTE...
  TAYLOR PARK...MARBLE...OURAY...TELLURIDE...LAKE CITY.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL INCREASE SUNDAY EVENING AND MAY BE HEAVY AT
  TIMES ON MONDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...10 TO 20 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE BY TUESDAY
  MORNING.

* SNOW LEVEL...7500 FEET THIS EVENING...LOWERING TO MOUNTAIN BASES
  BY TUESDAY MORNING.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 30 MPH SHIFT TO NORTHWEST ON
  MONDAY AND DIMINISHING MONDAY NIGHT.

* VISIBILITY...POSSIBLY RESTRICTED AT TIMES IN SNOW AND BLOWING
  SNOW.
5-day liquid precipitation forecast map showing 2 inches for CO which would translate to 24" of snow.
5-day liquid precipitation forecast map showing 2 inches for CO which would translate to 24″ of snow.

WINTER STORM WATCH for COLORADO:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
400 AM MST SUN NOV 15 2015

.A PACIFIC STORM WILL STRENGTHEN TODAY AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE
GREAT BASIN AND WILL BEGIN AFFECTING SOUTHEAST UTAH AND SOUTHWEST
COLORADO THIS EVENING. MOUNTAIN SNOW AND VALLEY RAIN AND SNOW WILL
SPREAD ACROSS ALL OF EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO LATE
TONIGHT AND MONDAY. SNOWFALL WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES IN PORTIONS OF
THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO AND SOUTHEAST
MOUNTAINS OF UTAH. SEVERAL WINTER STORM WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES
ARE IN EFFECT INTO TUESDAY MORNING.

GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS-

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
TUESDAY MORNING...

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE THE CITIES OF...ASPEN...VAIL...SNOWMASS.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL INCREASE EARLY MONDAY MORNING AND MAY BE
  HEAVY AT TIMES ON MONDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...10 TO 20 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE BY TUESDAY
  MORNING WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS MAINLY ON NORTH FACING SLOPES
  ABOVE 10000 FEET.

* SNOW LEVEL...NEAR 9000 FEET LATE SUNDAY EVENING...LOWERING TO
  MOUNTAIN BASES BY SUNRISE MONDAY.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 30 MPH SHIFT TO NORTHWEST ON
  MONDAY AND DIMINISH MONDAY NIGHT.

* VISIBILITY...POSSIBLY RESTRICTED AT TIMES IN SNOW AND BLOWING
  SNOW.

* IMPACTS...THIS STORM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE TRAVEL
  DIFFICULT WITH WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS ANTICIPATED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

***

WINTER STORM ADVISORY for COLORADO:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
400 AM MST SUN NOV 15 2015

.A PACIFIC STORM WILL STRENGTHEN TODAY AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE
GREAT BASIN AND WILL BEGIN AFFECTING SOUTHEAST UTAH AND SOUTHWEST
COLORADO THIS EVENING. MOUNTAIN SNOW AND VALLEY RAIN AND SNOW WILL
SPREAD ACROSS ALL OF EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO LATE
TONIGHT AND MONDAY. SNOWFALL WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES IN PORTIONS OF
THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO AND SOUTHEAST
MOUNTAINS OF UTAH. SEVERAL WINTER STORM WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES
ARE IN EFFECT INTO TUESDAY MORNING.

UPPER GUNNISON RIVER VALLEY-

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO
6 PM MST MONDAY ABOVE 7000 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ABOVE 7000 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS
IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM MST MONDAY. THE WINTER
STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE THE CITIES OF...GUNNISON...CIMARRON.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL DEVELOP EARLY MONDAY MORNING AND POSSIBLY
  BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES MONDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...2 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE BY
  MONDAY AFTERNOON WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS NEAR CERRO SUMMIT.

* SNOW LEVEL...AROUND 8000 FEET EARLY MONDAY MORNING...DROPPING
  TO THE VALLEY FLOORS BEFORE SUNRISE.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH TURNING TO NORTHWEST
  MONDAY AFTERNOON.

* VISIBILITY...POSSIBLY REDUCED AT TIMES ESPECIALLY MONDAY
  MORNING.

* IMPACTS...ROADWAYS MAY BECOME SLICK AND SNOWPACKED SUNDAY
  NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY.

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