Upper Yampa River Basin Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 3:48 PM MDT on October 31, 2014

...Changing weather this weekend will bring wind and mountain snow...

A cold Pacific storm system will move inland tonight and across the Great Basin this weekend...splitting into two parts as it does so. This will lead to a variety of weather this weekend...including wind...valley rain and mountain snow at various times through Sunday night.

Expect windy but still mild conditions on Saturday as the main part of this storm system remains to the west. Gusts of 30 to 40 mph are anticipated...especially in the valleys of southeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado and exposed mountain areas. Scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm or two are also expected.

Colder air arrives late Saturday night and Sunday with an increasing chance of rain and mountain snow. The best snow accumulations are currently expected over the mountains Sunday night as the southern part of the storm approaches. Snow levels will lower to between 7000 and 8000 feet with the arrival of the cold air. Above 9000 feet...3 to 6 inches of new snow will possible...with locally higher amounts measured in a few locations by Monday morning.

On Monday...colder and unsettled conditions keep a chance of rain or snow showers in the forecast during the day...with improving conditions expected through the evening.

This is a complicated storm with uncertainty in both timing and precipitation type...both of which will affect where the greatest snow will occur. If traveling...recreating or hunting in the mountains this weekend...be sure to check the latest forecasts.

645 am MDT Fri Oct 31 2014

...Changing weather this weekend will bring wind and mountain snow...

Saturday...expect windy conditions with gusts in the 25 to 35 mph range...especially in the desert valleys of eastern Utah and exposed mountain areas. A few mountain showers with possible thunderstorms can be expected.

Sunday...cooler air arrives with an increasing chance of showers. Snow levels will lower to around 9000 to 10000 feet.

Sunday night...accumulating snowfall is expected over the mountain passes with snow levels lowering to 7000 to 8000 feet. Above 9000 feet...3 to 6 inches of new snow may occur. The south facing slopes of the San Juan Mountains could receive upwards to 10 inches of snow at the mountain passes. Check for forecast updates for the latest information on snowfall potential.

Monday...colder and unsettled conditions with a chance of rain or snow showers. Snow levels will lower to around 5500 to 6000 feet.

Monday night...the threat of rain and snow showers diminishes as the weather system departs the region.

Once again...if traveling or recreating in the mountains this weekend...be sure to check the latest forecasts on the changing weather.

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