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Old 12-17-2012, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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KOAA is reporting that as of noon today Monarch has received over 55 inches of snow in the past week and more is expected this week. Monarch pass, a hour and half west of Pueblo on highway 50, is under the chain law. This is awesome for the ski industry and for the lakes next summer.

 
Old 12-17-2012, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Now the watches are starting to pop up in eastern Colorado. Nothing for Pueblo and Colorado Springs, yet, but I suspect tomorrow we will see one issued. As of now Denver, Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley are under a winter storm watch and the far eastern plains are under a blizzard watch for late Tuesday night and Wednesday. Honestly I have a feeling that this is going to be a huge storm so I recommend everyone who plans on traveling in the watch area in the time of the watch keep a eye out on the weather (just a little weather service talk ).
 
Old 12-17-2012, 09:03 PM
 
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There's a very strong north wind associated with this storm, which usually sucks all the moisture out- it hits the Palmer Divide and just brings cold and wind to Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

I for one hope you are wrong, Josseppie, because my students have finals on Wednesday and Thursday, and I want my winter break to begin!!
 
Old 12-17-2012, 09:05 PM
 
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One of the weather guys was saying that even snow shy Grand Junction could get 3 to 5 inches. We'll see!
 
Old 12-17-2012, 09:58 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Josseppie View Post
KOAA is reporting that as of noon today Monarch has received over 55 inches of snow in the past week and more is expected this week. Monarch pass, a hour and half west of Pueblo on highway 50, is under the chain law. This is awesome for the ski industry and for the lakes next summer.
This shows your naiveté about Colorado water. Even if we have a normal or wet winter, it will not be near enough snowpack to restore many Colorado streamflows or reservoir levels to even near-normal levels. We are so far behind that it may take 3 years or more of normal to wet winters to restore them. We're that far in the hole.
 
Old 12-18-2012, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Pueblo
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Yep the dreaded north wind or shadow effect lol.
 
Old 12-18-2012, 09:59 AM
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Location: Western Colorado
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Winter Storm Warning for western Colorado 4-8 " snow for the valleys up to two feet for mountains. Maybe if we get a 200ft snow pack this winter it might fill the reservoirs, sort of, maybe.
 
Old 12-18-2012, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Talking Blizzard Watch


Things are setting up for the perfect storm. Now it depends where the low pressure tracks. Personally I think it will go more south giving Pueblo a Albuquerque Low and about 6-12 inches of snow.

This is from the NWS in Pueblo:





URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO 458 AM MST TUE DEC 18 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PUEBLO HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* LOCATION...PUEBLO COUNTY...CROWLEY COUNTY...KIOWA COUNTY...THE UPPER HUERFANO RIVER BASIN BELOW 7500 FEET...AND WESTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY BELOW 7500 FEET. THIS INCLUDES PUEBLO...WALSENBURG...TRINIDAD...ORDWAY...EADS AND SHERIDAN LAKE.

* CAUSE AND TIMING...A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL DROP SOUTH ACROSS THE PALMER DIVIDE WEDNESDAY MORNING AND RACE SOUTH...PRODUCING A QUICK SHOT OF NEW SNOW COUPLED WITH STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...1 TO 2 INCHES OF NEW SNOW BY WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* WIND...NORTH WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACT...TRAVEL WILL BE DANGEROUS DUE TO A COMBINATION OF BLOWING SNOW...VISIBILITIES OF 1/4 MILE OR LESS AND ICY...SNOW COVERED ROADS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR LIFE THREATENING WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS TO DEVELOP. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS CONSIST OF SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OR FREQUENT GUSTS OVER 35 MPH AND VISIBILITY REDUCED TO BELOW 1/4 MILE BY FALLING OR BLOWING SNOW. IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO TRAVEL IN OR THROUGH THE WATCH AREA DURING THE TIME OF THE WATCH...LISTEN TO THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST AND CONSIDER TRAVELING AT ANOTHER TIME OR BY ANOTHER ROUTE.
 
Old 12-18-2012, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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This shows your naiveté about Colorado water. Even if we have a normal or wet winter, it will not be near enough snowpack to restore many Colorado streamflows or reservoir levels to even near-normal levels. We are so far behind that it may take 3 years or more of normal to wet winters to restore them. We're that far in the hole.
If you look at what I posted I never said that this storm alone would restore the lakes I just said that they would like this storm meaning that this is a nice start after the fall and early winter Colorado had but yes we need more snow if the Lakes are to be anywhere near normal for next summer. Especially if some of the mountains can get over 100 inches of snow in December alone.
 
Old 12-19-2012, 09:22 AM
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Location: Western Colorado
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A half inch of snow here and still snowing.

THE FOLLOWING ARE PRELIMINARY 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION REPORTS FROM
WESTERN COLORADO AND EASTERN UTAH, ENDING AROUND 8 AM WEDNESDAY.
THE FIRST VALUE IS RAINFALL OR WATER AMOUNTS IN SNOW, AND THE SECOND
VALUE IS SNOWFALL, WHEN APPROPRIATE. AMOUNTS ARE IN INCHES.

WESTERN COLORADO AND EASTERN UTAH 24 HOUR AIRPORT STATIONS,

ASPEN, 0.13.
CORTEZ, 0.10.
CRAIG, 0.30.
GRAND JUNCTION, 0.49, 4.6.
MEEKER, 0.37.
CANYONLANDS AIRPORT, 0.43.
VERNAL, 0.11.

UNOFFICIAL STATIONS,

2 MILES NORTH OF AVON, 0.19, 2.8.
GOTHIC, 0.63, 10.5.
5 MILES NORTHWEST OF HOTCHKISS, 0.11, 1.0.
1 MILE EAST OF MESA, 0.41, 6.2.
1 MILE EAST OF SILT, 0.49, 4.6.
2 MILES NORTH OF WOLCOTT, 0.18, 2.2.
1 MILE NORTHWEST OF FRUITA, 0.38, 6.2.
15 MILES WEST OF MONTROSE, 0.52, 6.0.
REDLANDS, 0.38, 3.5.
SNOWMASS SKI, 0.66, 11.0.
TELLURIDE SKI, 0.75, 7.5.
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