Northwestern San Juan Mountains Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Winter Weather Advisory
Issued: 3:39 PM MDT Mar. 27, 2017 – National Weather Service

... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until noon MDT
Wednesday above 9000 feet...

* locations include... Telluride, Silverton, and Rico.

* Timing... light snow or rain/snow mix will continue this evening,
changing to all snow and picking up in intensity. Snow will
continue through late Wednesday morning, though there will be
lulls along with the moderate to heavy snow at times.

* Snow accumulation... 8 to 14 inches with locally higher amounts
above 10,000 feet.

* Snow level... 8000 feet lowering to around 6000 to 7000 feet by
Wednesday morning. Snow levels may rise during the afternoon.
Significant snow accumulations will be mainly above 9000 feet,
with lesser amounts below.

* Winds... southwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph, switching
to northwest by Tuesday morning.

* Visibility... lowering to less than 1/2 mile at times in
heavier snow showers.

* Impacts... high elevation roadways will become slick and
snowpacked, especially US-550 over Molas Pass and Red Mountain
Pass as well as Lizard Head Pass on Hwy 145. In addition, snow
and areas of blowing snow will reduce visibility.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow and/or
blowing snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while
driving.