Forecast news: ‘Powerful winter storm possible late this week – NWS Grand Junction office #COdrought #COwx

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From the National Weather Service Grand Junction office:

…POWERFUL AND COLD WINTER STORM TAKES AIM ON WESTERN COLORADO AND EASTERN UTAH ON FRIDAY…

A POWERFUL WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS UTAH INTO WESTERN COLORADO THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY. THIS MAJOR WINTER STORM COULD BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL TO THE MOUNTAIN AND VALLEYS THROUGHOUT EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO. THE BRUNT OF THIS STORM HITS THE REGION ON FRIDAY…BUT WILL LAST INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. THE STORM INTENSITY WILL DIMINISH ON SATURDAY…BUT A CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS WILL LINGER.

THIS IS A DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING WINTER STORM IF CAUGHT UNPREPARED. FACTORS THAT MAKE THIS WINTER STORM PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS…

SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED ON FRIDAY AS THE WINTER STORMS HITS THE REGION. THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR 1 TO 2 FEET OF FINE POWDERY SNOW ACROSS THE HIGH COUNTRY. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BE WIDESPREAD AND WILL IMPACT TRAVEL WITH ACCUMULATING SNOW IN THE VALLEYS…THIS INCLUDES THE INTERSTATE 70 CORRIDOR FROM EASTERN UTAH TO VAIL PASS.

CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW…THE FINE POWDERY SNOW WILL BE EASY TO BLOW AND DRIFT AROUND. COMBINED WITH STRONG WINDS ON THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING…WITH SOME GUSTS TO 60 MPH OVER THE MOUNTAIN PASSES OF SOUTHWEST COLORADO AND THE GRAND MESA…WHITEOUT CONDITIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE. GUSTY WINDS WILL PERSIST INTO FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT THAT WILL FORM DEEP SNOW DRIFTS.

PLUNGING TEMPERATURES…RELATIVELY MILD CONDITIONS MAY EXIST BEFORE THE BRUNT OF THE WINTER STORM HITS. TEMPERATURES WILL PLUNGE AS THE SNOW INCREASES. MOUNTAIN READINGS IN THE 20S WILL DROP TO THE SINGLE DIGITS BY NIGHTFALL. SUBZERO TEMPERATURES WILL BE COMMON BY SATURDAY MORNING. HYPOTHERMIA AND FROSTBITE CAN OCCUR QUICKLY IF CAUGHT OUTDOORS COLD AND WET. OTHER RISKS INCLUDE CAR ACCIDENTS AND CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.

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