West Elk and Sawatch Mountains Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 12:15 AM MDT on April 24, 2014

...Widespread precipitation and strong winds this weekend...

A strong late season wintry storm will bring strong winds and widespread showers to the region this weekend. Southwest winds will become gusty Friday into Saturday. Moisture increases over the forecast area Friday night into Saturday. Colder unsettled air on Saturday brings increasing showers with late-day thunderstorms possible. Snow accumulations are possible in the higher mountains.

Snow levels plummet Saturday evening when a strong cold front sweeps through the region. There is the potential for heavy snow in the mountains with accumulation into the higher valleys. Snow showers may linger in the Colorado mountains and high valleys into Monday.

Travel this weekend may become difficult through the mountains and possibly even higher valley locations due to accumulating snow and blowing snow. Monitor the latest forecasts on this developing weather system at our website www.Weather.Gov/gjt.

137 PM MDT Wed Apr 23 2014

...Widespread precipitation and wind expected this weekend...

A two-part late season winter storm will reach eastern Utah early Saturday morning and spread precipitation east into western Colorado during the day Saturday. Erratic winds...rain in the valleys...and snow accumulation at about 9000 feet and higher is expected.

Snow levels will lower Saturday night when a strong cold front moves through from west to east bringing another pulse of energy and moisture through the area. This second weather disturbance late Saturday and early Sunday is expected to produce rain...and accumulating snow potentially as low as 5500 feet. Isolated thunderstorms are also possible with this cold front.

Travel this weekend is anticipated to become difficult through the mountains and possibly even higher valley locations due to accumulating snow and blowing snow. Stay tuned to this developing weather system for more details as the event becomes closer.