Four Corners/Upper Dolores River Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 3:15 PM 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 expected in the higher mountains on Saturday.

Snow levels plummet Saturday evening when a strong cold front sweeps through the region. Snow accumulation is possible over most mountain locations and possibly 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.

Fire Weather Warning
Statement as of 8:25 PM MDT on April 24, 2014

...Red flag warning remains in effect from 11 am to 7 PM MDT Friday for gusty winds...low humidity...and dry fuels for fire weather zones 290 and 292 below 9000 feet...

* affected area...

in Colorado...fire weather zone 290 Paradox Valley forecast area below 9000 feet and fire weather zone 292 North Fork forecast area below 9000 feet.

* Winds...southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

* Relative humidity...9 to 14 percent.

* Impacts...conditions will become favorable for rapid fire growth and an increased chance of escape. Agricultural and other Burns should be postponed.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now...or will shortly. A combination of strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Please advise the appropriate officials and affected field personnel of this red flag warning.

For more information from NOAA/National Weather Service visit... http://weather.Gov/gjt (all lower case)

Record Report
Statement as of 5:01 am MDT on April 24, 2014

...New low temperature record set...

At 4:54 am, the temperature in Grand Junction, as measured at the Grand Junction regional Airport, dropped to 28 degrees. This sets a new record low temperature for April 24, breaking the old record of 29 degrees, last reached in 1958.