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California's Sierras Get Over 10 Inches of Precipitation; Snow, Ice Coming to South

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:46 PM GMT on February 10, 2014

California's biggest rainstorm since December 2012 brought much-needed moisture to the state over the weekend, thanks to a very moist “Pineapple Express” atmospheric river of moisture from the Hawaiian Islands. The storm brought more than 2" of precipitation to most of Northern California, and more than 10" to the Northern Sierra Mountains, where as much as six feet of snow fell above 9,000'. Some locations saw more rain in a four-day period than they had during the previous eight months. San Francisco got 2.58" of rain Thursday through Sunday, which isn't far below the 4.24” of rain it received during the previous thirteen months. The city averages about 20" of rain per year. Water levels on the critical Central California reservoir Folsom Lake rose by twelve feet in one day between February 8 and 9, 2014. However, the lake remains at just 41% of its average capacity for this time of year, and is well below the record low levels set during 1977. California probably needs at least five more storms like this to pull them out of drought. Wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt discusses the amazing January 2014 California heat wave in his Saturday post, and has a detailed update on precipitation totals from the past weekend's Pineapple Express storm in his latest post.


Figure 1. Observed precipitation for the 7-day period ending at 12 UTC on Monday, February 10, 2014. Portions of the northern Sierra Mountains received more than ten inches of precipitation. Image credit: NOAA/HPC.


Figure 2. Water levels on the critical Central California reservoir Folsom Lake rose by twelve feet in one day between February 8 and 9, 2014. However, the lake remains at just 41% of its average capacity for this time of year, and is well below the record low levels set during 1977. Image credit: California Department of Water Resources.

The forecast: a return to mostly dry conditions this week
The persistent and intense ridge of high pressure that has dominated the West Coast since December 2012, bringing California's record dry spell, has broken down over the past week. While the models show generally dry conditions for the state during the coming ten days, the ridge is not forecast to build back at anywhere near its former intensity, giving me some hope that the state will experience more rainy weather during the last half of February.


Figure 3. Predicted precipitation for the 7-day period ending on Monday, February 17, 2014. California will mostly be dry, with heavy rains confined to the far Northern Coast. Image credit: NOAA.

Significant winter storm takes aim at Southern U.S.
The Southern U.S. gets its second serious winter storm of 2014 this week, as Winter Storm Pax brings a dangerous mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. The snow and freezing rain action begins Monday night over Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, Southern Arkansas, and Northern Louisiana, then spreads eastwards on Tuesday into northern portions of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina, and over much of North Carolina. Atlanta, Georgia, which was shut down by the 2.6" of snow Winter Storm Leon brought to the city on January 28, is under a Winter Storm Watch. Snow and sleet are expected to begin on Tuesday morning. After warming afternoon temperatures bring a period of plain rain on Tuesday afternoon, the rain may change to freezing rain on Tuesday night and Wednesday, making travel dangerous or impossible. The greatest accumulations of freezing rain may fall in Central South Carolina, where up to 3/4" of ice is predicted. However, this is a complex forecast, and just a slight shift in the track of the storm or atmospheric conditions could greatly alter the amount of snow and freezing rain this storm brings. The storm will move up the Eastern Seaboard Wednesday night into Thursday, potentially bringing snow to major East Coast cities.

Jeff Masters

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The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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587. StormJunkie
2:12 PM GMT on February 12, 2014
Tree limbs coming down now in the Charleston area. Power flickering. Still have the live feed up for now.
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586. jpsb
3:48 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Quoting 584. afweatherguy86:


Yeah, that much ice is almost unthinkable...



this is what it looks like

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Snowstorm disaster in Slovenia
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585. Dakster
2:59 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Quoting 551. georgevandenberghe:



Congress working, Hell freezing over, flying pigs.



You forgot about peace in the middle east.
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584. afweatherguy86
2:18 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Quoting 578. hydrus:
Very true..There will likely be slush and snow on that, making a already bad situation worse. I hope people heed warnings and prepare.


Yeah, that much ice is almost unthinkable...
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583. hydrus
2:14 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Long way out, but interesting.
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582. PlazaRed
2:14 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Hi From Southern Europe on a wild and windy day but not too bad really, simple gales and rain but nothing out of the ordinary.

For tomorrow up in Great Britain they should be getting a very nasty storm and I have the projection link for it here:-


Link

The news yesterday was saying that some of the houses affected by the flooding have been de water since Christmas!
No end in sight yet to the storms but the public are screaming for government resignations concerning their problems.
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581. CarolinaHurricanes87
2:10 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Very light snow beginning here in north Charlotte. Wasn't expecting anything from this 1st part of the system so I'll take whatever we can get :)
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580. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:10 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
579. GTstormChaserCaleb
2:06 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Current conditions:

Boulevard Neighborhood, Athens
Elevation
700 ft
Station Select
Now
RainRain Mist
Temperature
34.3 °F
Feels Like 34 °F

Buckhead Forest, Atlanta
Elevation
1010 ft
Station Select
Now
Light RainLight Rain Mist
Temperature
35.9 °F

I wonder how the mid-levels are behaving, do we have a warm inversion layer, or is it cooling up there?
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578. hydrus
2:03 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Quoting 576. nash36:
2-3 inches of ice for Central SC would be utterly crippling. You only need 1/4-1/2 inch to cause serious problems.

Very true..There will likely be slush and snow on that, making a already bad situation worse. I hope people heed warnings and prepare.
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577. washingtonian115
2:01 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Quoting 575. hydrus:
This ones for you Wash...And many other folks..

Short Range Forecast Discussion
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD
359 AM EST Tue Feb 11 2014

Valid 12Z Tue Feb 11 2014 - 12Z Thu Feb 13 2014

...A major winter storm will impact locations from Texas to the Southeast
coast on Tuesday before it moves up the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday...

...Heavy rains and mountain snows expected across the Pacific Northwest
and Northern Rockies...

Widespread precipitation will continue to develop to the north of a
frontal boundary stalled out in the northern Gulf and off the Southeast
coast on Tuesday. A fresh supply of Arctic air in place will allow for
snow within the northern fringe of the precipitation shield...and warm
Gulf air overrunning the boundary should also cause a wide swath of
freezing rain to the south of the snow axis. Conditions will really begin
to deteriorate Tuesday night into Wednesday as a vigorous piece of energy
ejecting out of the Plains helps spin up a surface low along the stalled
frontal boundary. The deepening low will draw additional moisture out of
the Gulf...which will fuel heavier precipitation across the Southeast and
Carolinas...including significant ice and snow accumulations. Once the
intensifying surface low moves off the Southeast coast and begins its
track up the Eastern Seaboard Wednesday night...winter weather will start
lifting northward into the northern Mid-Atlantic states. Please refer to
the Winter Weather Desk's Heavy Snow Discussion (QPFHSD) for more details
on this event.

Active weather will continue across the Pacific Northwest and Northern
Rockies the next few days...where persistent onshore flow...weak impulses
of energy aloft...and orographics will combine to produce widespread
moderate to heavy precipitation over the northwestern corner of the
Nation. Snow levels will be relatively high across the region...but heavy
accumulations are still expected along the higher elevations of the
Cascades and Rockies.

Light snows will be possible with a cold front dropping through the north
central U.S. Tuesday and Wednesday. Limited moisture should keep
accumulations to a minimum.


Gerhardt
I don't care for this storm.All plans have to be put off until another month now.
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576. nash36
1:59 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
2-3 inches of ice for Central SC would be utterly crippling. You only need 1/4-1/2 inch to cause serious problems.

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575. hydrus
1:57 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
This ones for you Wash...And many other folks..

Short Range Forecast Discussion
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD
359 AM EST Tue Feb 11 2014

Valid 12Z Tue Feb 11 2014 - 12Z Thu Feb 13 2014

...A major winter storm will impact locations from Texas to the Southeast
coast on Tuesday before it moves up the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday...

...Heavy rains and mountain snows expected across the Pacific Northwest
and Northern Rockies...

Widespread precipitation will continue to develop to the north of a
frontal boundary stalled out in the northern Gulf and off the Southeast
coast on Tuesday. A fresh supply of Arctic air in place will allow for
snow within the northern fringe of the precipitation shield...and warm
Gulf air overrunning the boundary should also cause a wide swath of
freezing rain to the south of the snow axis. Conditions will really begin
to deteriorate Tuesday night into Wednesday as a vigorous piece of energy
ejecting out of the Plains helps spin up a surface low along the stalled
frontal boundary. The deepening low will draw additional moisture out of
the Gulf...which will fuel heavier precipitation across the Southeast and
Carolinas...including significant ice and snow accumulations. Once the
intensifying surface low moves off the Southeast coast and begins its
track up the Eastern Seaboard Wednesday night...winter weather will start
lifting northward into the northern Mid-Atlantic states. Please refer to
the Winter Weather Desk's Heavy Snow Discussion (QPFHSD) for more details
on this event.

Active weather will continue across the Pacific Northwest and Northern
Rockies the next few days...where persistent onshore flow...weak impulses
of energy aloft...and orographics will combine to produce widespread
moderate to heavy precipitation over the northwestern corner of the
Nation. Snow levels will be relatively high across the region...but heavy
accumulations are still expected along the higher elevations of the
Cascades and Rockies.

Light snows will be possible with a cold front dropping through the north
central U.S. Tuesday and Wednesday. Limited moisture should keep
accumulations to a minimum.


Gerhardt
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574. washingtonian115
1:56 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
I hate nature with a passion.Stink'in snowstorm has to just so happen Wens-Thurs.
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573. hydrus
1:49 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Quoting 572. aislinnpaps:
Good morning, afternoon and evening, everyone! It's just barely 31 degrees with a wind chill of 20 degrees. Expected high today is 33. The rain has temporarily stopped but it looks like ice heading our way from Texas. Deck outside is iced in places, DIL almost fell coming in my back door.

Breakfast's on the sideboard: Fruity Baked Oatmeal, Spicy Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, apple cinnamon waffles, Corned Beef Hash with Fried Eggs, Glazed Cinnamon Rolls with Pecan Swirls, Omelet Souffl, Oversize Breakfast Biscuits with sausage patties and strawberry jelly on the side, sweet and spicy bacon, Apple-Pecan Baked Oatmeal, Cajun Breakfast Casserole, cheesy grits and shrimp, cheese Danishes, yogurt, fresh fruit and orange, apple or pineapple juice. Special treat of flavored cappuccinos, cinnamon, Irish cream, white chocolate caramel or French vanilla . Enjoy!
Can you please WU-Mail me some Apple-Pecan Baked Oatmeal..Sounds healthy and delicious.
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572. aislinnpaps
1:38 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Good morning, afternoon and evening, everyone! It's just barely 31 degrees with a wind chill of 20 degrees. Expected high today is 33. The rain has temporarily stopped but it looks like ice heading our way from Texas. Deck outside is iced in places, DIL almost fell coming in my back door.

Breakfast's on the sideboard: Fruity Baked Oatmeal, Spicy Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, apple cinnamon waffles, Corned Beef Hash with Fried Eggs, Glazed Cinnamon Rolls with Pecan Swirls, Omelet Soufflé, Oversize Breakfast Biscuits with sausage patties and strawberry jelly on the side, sweet and spicy bacon, Apple-Pecan Baked Oatmeal, Cajun Breakfast Casserole, cheesy grits and shrimp, cheese Danishes, yogurt, fresh fruit and orange, apple or pineapple juice. Special treat of flavored cappuccinos, cinnamon, Irish cream, white chocolate caramel or French vanilla . Enjoy!
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571. ncstorm
1:30 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Quoting 568. GeorgiaStormz:
I would lol if the ecmwf was to verfy... i mean we can hope but


I'm hoping..
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570. GeorgiaStormz
1:29 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Quoting 559. lostinohio:
One killed on Hwy 53 this morning just east of Calhoun... Roads soon turned into a mess quickly with temps near 30 and heavy wet snow.


yeah it's cold and snowy up there... im jelly of their 3" of snow already...some places could push 5" first round
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569. ncstorm
1:27 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
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568. GeorgiaStormz
1:27 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
I would lol if the ecmwf was to verfy... i mean we can hope but
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567. afweatherguy86
1:24 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Quoting 564. carolinabelle:
Wow! The storm total ice forecast for central SC is quite scary... and what's crazy is that some of these areas are only an hour away from me or less and we're only expected to get .10 at the most... gonna have to watch that freezing line very carefully!






These totals are actually conservative... GFS and WRF have been showing 2+ inches along I-20 corridor for the past 3 or 4 runs... This could be a VERY bad storm for central SC
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566. GeorgiaStormz
1:24 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
snow lightened up.. per hrrr and nam, this will continue to become more and more snowy through the morning... Eventuallly will leave. ECMWF has nice wraparound
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565. afweatherguy86
1:18 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
It's really interresting to look at the surface pressure trends over the last 12 hours... A slow, steady rise across central SC as the low level riding and associated cold air continue to move in. I'm thinking NWS under forecast the totals across northern midlands, snow already accumulating north of I-20 with sleet now being reported in Columbia.
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564. carolinabelle
1:09 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Wow! The storm total ice forecast for central SC is quite scary... and what's crazy is that some of these areas are only an hour away from me or less and we're only expected to get .10 at the most... gonna have to watch that freezing line very carefully!




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563. ncstorm
1:03 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
ahh..the Euro put me in some great wintry precip totals..actually increased amounts for me..I'm now in a Winter Weather advisory but I have a feeling the Euro is going to win on this one due to my wishcast sixth sense..even the deterministic means for the ensembles is showing at least 6 inches of snow for Wilmington..

GFS vs the Euro..
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562. barbamz
1:01 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Hi over there with a short hello from sunny Germany; hope everybody is fine despite the winter threat (and the ongoing flooding in UK).

Sea level threat to force retreat of communities in Wales
BBC, 11 February 2014 Last updated at 11:50 GMT, by Rhidian Thomas
Coastal communities in Wales face being abandoned as rising sea levels mean the cost of maintaining defences can no longer be justified, BBC Wales can reveal.
A 2010 report found £135m must be spent annually on defences by 2035 just to maintain the current level of risk.
Councils across Wales are now planning for a "managed retreat".
Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies said it was not currently part of Welsh government policy.
But BBC Wales' Week In Week Out has found local authorities around Wales are already making preparations. ...
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561. pinehurstnc
12:59 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
goodness, i really would like snow, no ice storm, oh well, back to back U.S.GOLF open happens in 4 months, hope the pine trees make it!!! on a serious thought, does anyone think this could be a worst case for an ice storm here in central nc??? thanks
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560. GeorgiaStormz
12:58 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
dinnerplate flakes now... lol ok maybe not but THAT big and earlier rain is really hampering accums.
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559. lostinohio
12:57 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
One killed on Hwy 53 this morning just east of Calhoun... Roads soon turned into a mess quickly with temps near 30 and heavy wet snow.
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558. decaturgarden
12:54 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
It's a nice steady cold rain here right now but I'm watching the birds and squirrels eating as much as they can. Virtual traffic jam at the feeders! Already having trees starting to come down. Should be interesting later!
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557. lostinohio
12:52 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Almost 3 inches of snow on the ground now at Calhoun. The meteorologists at the TV stations in Atlanta are useless. They still are saying maybe one inch possible. We look to have 4-5 inches from the 1st round....
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556. GeorgiaStormz
12:52 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
heavy snow now..previous rains making accumulation hard
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555. GeorgiaStormz
12:44 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
despite the radar, it's been raining until just now at my area. some people reporting slick roads up in north ga





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554. GeorgiaStormz
12:43 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Some peple reporting up to 3" of snow accumulations not 20 miles to my north. power of the 850mb line
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553. GeorgiaStormz
12:38 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Finally seeing snowflakes mixing in with the rain
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552. GeorgiaStormz
12:35 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Rsined all night
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551. georgevandenberghe
12:27 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Quoting 486. wxgeek723:


Ah thanks for reminding me, left out a couple

Derecho may have caused tsunami in New Jersey

Small asteroid behind East Coast meteor
Quoting 484. Astrometeor:


tsunami, epic drought, volcanic eruption, asteroid strike, Congress working, a lot of things actually.



Congress working, Hell freezing over, flying pigs.

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548. LargoFl
12:09 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
funny..we are getting More severe weather in the south this winter than we did all thru the last hurricane season lol..
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547. LargoFl
12:04 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
folks stay alert and safe driving the next few days,ice underneath snow is dangerous...
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546. hurricanes2018
12:01 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
wow its coming soon
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545. nash36
12:01 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
Quoting 544. StormJunkie:


Nash, you are about 2.5 miles away from being in a Winter Storm Watch zone...lol


I know man. It's nuts. You can spit and end up in a different zone.
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544. StormJunkie
11:57 AM GMT on February 11, 2014
Quoting 542. nash36:
Good morning everyone.

Guess tonight is the night to batten down the hatches. Ice storm warning remains in effect and now the progged low for this area is below freezing. That'll change things.


Nash, you are about 2.5 miles away from being in a Winter Storm Watch zone...lol
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543. StormJunkie
11:56 AM GMT on February 11, 2014
Winter Storm Watch - Ladson, SC

Ice Storm Warning - Summerville, SC

Distance between those two points - 4.45 miles...Think the Charleston NWS office may have their hands full trying to figure out where that freezing line will set up.
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542. nash36
11:47 AM GMT on February 11, 2014
Good morning everyone.

Guess tonight is the night to batten down the hatches. Ice storm warning remains in effect and now the progged low for this area is below freezing. That'll change things.
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541. LargoFl
11:44 AM GMT on February 11, 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6
PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM EST THURSDAY.

* LOCATIONS...NORTHEAST GEORGIA AND UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA.

* HAZARDS...HEAVY SNOW...POSSIBLY MIXED WITH SLEET AT TIMES.

* TIMING...MAINLY LIGHT SNOW WILL IMPACT THE REGION TODAY INTO
TONIGHT. THE PRECIPITATION WILL BECOME HEAVIER EARLY WEDNESDAY
MORNING AND LAST THROUGH MUCH OF WEDNESDAY NIGHT BEFORE TAPERING
OFF THURSDAY MORNING. MAINLY SNOW IS EXPECTED...BUT WITH SLEET
MIXING IN AT TIMES...ESPECIALLY AT LOCATIONS SOUTHEAST OF
INTERSTATE 85. THE SNOW WILL END FROM THE WEST THURSDAY MORNING.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 6 TO 8 INCHES...ALONG WITH
AROUND A TRACE OF ICE. A FEW HIGHER SNOW TOTALS ARE POSSIBLE
CLOSER TO THE MOUNTAINS.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW AND OCCASIONAL SLEET
WILL MAKE TRAVEL TREACHEROUS. THE ACCUMULATIONS MAY ALSO CREATE
NUMEROUS POWER OUTAGES...ESPECIALLY LATE WEDNESDAY THROUGH
THURSDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH AT TIMES.

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540. LargoFl
11:42 AM GMT on February 11, 2014
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539. LargoFl
11:40 AM GMT on February 11, 2014
well Moisture IS there..all depends on Temps now....
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538. lostinohio
11:30 AM GMT on February 11, 2014
Almost 2 inches of snow here in Calhoun. Roads are snow covered.
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537. LargoFl
11:22 AM GMT on February 11, 2014
AVALANCHE WARNING
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
639 AM MST MON FEB 10 2014

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER.

...AVALANCHE WARNING FOR PARK RANGE...FLAT TOP MOUNTAINS...FRONT
RANGE...GORE RANGE...TEN MILE RANGE...GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS...RUBY
RANGE...WEST ELK MOUNTAINS...MOSQUITO RANGE...SAWATCH RANGE

THE COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER HAS EXTENDED AN AVALANCHE
WARNING FOR MOUNTAIN RANGES IN THE STEAMBOAT...FRONT RANGE...VAIL
SUMMIT...SAWATCH...ASPEN... AND GUNNISON FORECAST ZONES. VERY STRONG
WESTERLY WINDS DRIFTED SNOW NEAR AND ABOVE TREELINE. THE BACKCOUNTRY
AVALANCHE DANGER IS HIGH. AVALANCHE CONDITIONS ARE VERY DANGEROUS.
NATURAL AND HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY. SOME AVALANCHES
MAY BE VERY LARGE AND DESTRUCTIVE. BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELERS ARE ADVISED
TO STAY WELL CLEAR OF ALL AVALANCHE TERRAIN. AVOID TRAVELING ON OR
UNDER STEEP SLOPES.

FOR ADDITIONAL AVALANCHE INFORMATION CALL...303-275-5360 IN
DENVER...970-668-0600 IN SUMMIT COUNTY...970-920-1664 IN ASPEN...
970-247-8187 IN DURANGO...OR VISIT THE COLORADO AVALANCHE
INFORMATION CENTER`S WEB PAGE AT COLORADO.GOV/AVALANCHE

LAZAR

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