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Old 02-13-2018, 01:53 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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We got an exciting inch or so of snow/rain here in the Four Corners out of most recent storm. From the Weather Underground scientific forecast out of GJ:

Some light snow and rain will continue this morning across the
forecast area but weaken as the day progresses. The area of low
pressure to our west is expected to continue to move westward
which will cause upper level support to wane and thus,
precipitation will slacken. From about noon onwards, precipitation
will become more showery and favor the higher elevations.

Wednesday, the low will now be off the California coast and start
filling (meaning weaken). While this occurs, another trough will
start dropping down from the northwest. Models in fairly good
agreement that snow will begin for the mountains Wednesday evening
and increase overnight into Thursday. Amounts look to be in the
advisory range (5 to 12 inches) with a few spots probably seeing
higher amounts. More precipitation the better.


Well, they sure got that last sentence right, anyhow. I am very concerned that we are going into another round of drought for much of southern Colorado. Friends in the Springs tell me that Pikes Peak is practically free of snow. REALLY??!?

The low snow pack in the San Juans is very concerning, and I'm afraid that we could have a bad summer for fire. A major problem with the snow-pack is that it is getting coated with dust and fine aerosol pollutants due to the dry weather and resulting fires in California - even the super bad smog from China's afflicted cities is apparently a contributor to this phenomenon. This dark coating on top of the snow causes the snow pack to melt off faster and less water is absorbed by the soils and aquifers as a result. Every time I run into the ranch foreman out here, I feel bad for him. But he's a tough customer and exudes his own unique brand of pessimistic optimism. Only out here on the Western Slope! LOL and fingers crossed for our Colorado farmers and ranchers.

 
Old 02-13-2018, 07:37 PM
 
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Well, thankfully the GJ area got a little snow, one inch yesterday and another one early this morning. Will take anything we can get. The next wave of precip looks to be Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
 
Old 02-13-2018, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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...ADDITIONAL SNOW POSSIBLE LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY
ACROSS THE COLORADO ROCKIES...

A weather system is expected to move into eastern Utah and western
Colorado from the Pacific Northwest Wednesday night through
Thursday night. The rain snow line is expected to be near 7000
feet Wednesday night before the rain snow line drops throughout
the day Thursday. Forecast models have backed the start time of
widespread precipitation to late Wednesday night across the western
Colorado mountains, with the heaviest snow expected Thursday
morning. Very windy conditions will accompany snowfall above 9000
feet, with blowing snow potentially reducing visibility throughout
the day Thursday.

The heaviest snowfall with this weather system is expected across
the northern and central Colorado mountains with amounts up to a
foot possible above 10000 feet. Travel could become difficult
across I-70 and many other highways crossing high mountain passes
Thursday morning through Thursday evening. There is still
significant spread in possible snow amounts, but stay tuned to
updates as the solution becomes clearer.
 
Old 02-15-2018, 06:08 PM
 
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It's been snowing all day over the Sangres. Wish it would push east and give the Wets some moisture. I drove and hiked up Hermit Road today and there was quite a bit of snow on the ground, but still far behind normal.
 
Old 02-18-2018, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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This hazardous weather outlook is for eastern Utah and western
Colorado.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

A strong system developing in the West will bring strong winds to
portions of eastern Utah and western Colorado today followed by
increasing snow showers tonight. Winds could gust up to 50 mph
from the canyon country of eastern Utah into the high valleys of
NW Colorado today...with gusts over 60 mph impacting travel over
Douglas Pass. Snow will begin to fall over the high peaks of the
mountains by midnight and become widespread over the mountains by
sunrise on Monday. Travel is likely to be impacted over mountains
roadways.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Monday through Saturday

Snow...moderate to heavy a times will occur on Monday over most
mountain areas and could impact some of the higher valleys of NW
Colorado. Winds over 45 to 55 mph above 10K feet will bring areas
of blowing and drifting snow along with difficult travel
conditions. Snow will also be spreading from north to south at the
lower elevations as a cold front drops through the area Monday
night into Tuesday. Much cooler conditions can be expected the
remainder of the week and a more wintry pattern is setting up.
Additional snowfall is anticipated through out the upcoming week.

Ouray, Telluride, and that area under Winter Storm Warnings for tonight and Monday.
 
Old 02-18-2018, 12:29 PM
 
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This hazardous weather outlook is for eastern Utah and western
Colorado.
...

Ouray, Telluride, and that area under Winter Storm Warnings for tonight and Monday.
Jim, if Ouray is listed, does that assume Ridgway, too, or is it related to altitude? Ridgway doesn't look all that snowy.
 
Old 02-18-2018, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Ridgway under winter storm watch. It never gets the snow Ouray does, but gets colder.
 
Old 02-18-2018, 05:51 PM
 
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Am hoping this storm can turn things around. Right now the Grand Junction area is going through the worst winter since 1980. Worst as in no snow, that is. In my area, it has snowed a total of three times this year and in every case the snow was gone in a few hours.
 
Old 02-20-2018, 06:18 AM
 
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In my area, it has snowed a total of three times this year and in every case the snow was gone in a few hours.
Last nights snow might match the previous three snows in regards to depth. But not in Fruita/Loma. Other parts did get 2-3 inches though. Strong winds with gusts to 50 mph in GJ, Montrose actually had gusts to 60 mph. Heh, and cold!

KKCO reports highway 550 closed from Ouray to Silverton. Not surprising.
 
Old 02-20-2018, 06:46 AM
 
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Got about 4 inches over night in the Security/Widefield/Fountain area after a light dusting yesterday.
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