La Sal and Abajo Mountains Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Winter Storm Watch
Statement as of 8:27 PM MDT on April 24, 2014

...Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon...

* timing...rain and snow will spread across the watch area Saturday morning. Greatest snow accumulations are expected Saturday night with precipitation decreasing from the west by Sunday afternoon.

* Snow accumulation...6 to 12 inches are possible by Sunday evening.

* Snow level...around 9000 feet on Saturday then lowering to mountain bases Saturday night.

* Winds...south to southwest 15 to 25 mph Saturday becoming northwest by Sunday.

* Visibility...reduced to less than a mile in periods of heavier snow.

* Impacts...roads will likely become slushy and eventually snowpacked Saturday night hindering travel over mountain passes.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow accumulations and/or blowing snow that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

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.

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.

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