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Watches & Warnings

Special Statement
Issued: 2:19 PM MST Nov. 19, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Winter weather on the way for Thanksgiving through the weekend...

Active weather will return to eastern Utah and western Colorado on
Thanksgiving day and will last through the weekend. Two storm
systems in quick succession will bring snow throughout much of
the higher terrain and rain, possibly mixing with snow, to lower
elevation valleys.

The first system will bring light to moderate snowfall to the
higher terrain starting around noon on Thanksgiving day. All
mountain ranges across eastern Utah and western Colorado can
expect to see accumulating snow from this system. Holiday travel
will likely be impacted from the afternoon Onward, especially
over the higher mountain passes including Vail Pass, Rabbit Ears
Pass, and Monarch Pass. Snow is also expected over the San Juan
mountain passes including Lizard Head, Red Mountain, molas, and
Wolf Creek. Snow accumulations will taper off by sunrise on Friday
morning with anywhere from 3-6 inches expected above 8,000 feet
and possibly over 6 inches above 10,000 feet.

After a brief break on Friday morning and afternoon, another
stronger storm system will move in on Friday evening. Snow will
spread south across from the northern mountains of Utah and
Colorado, into central Colorado by midnight Saturday, and into
southern Colorado by sunrise Saturday morning. While some forecast
uncertainty remains, confidence is growing that this second storm
could produce at least 6 to 12 inches of snow across much of
central and northern Colorado. With colder air in place, many
valley locations across the western slope may also see their first
accumulating snow of the season on Saturday.

Key takeaways:
-snow will affect all Major Mountain passes from Thanksgiving
afternoon through the weekend.
-Travelers should be prepared for winter weather driving
conditions and check local Road conditions frequently.
-Winter weather may affect lower elevation valleys that have not
seen snowfall yet this season.
-Now is the time to prepare. Is your vehicle ready? Do you have a
winter safety kit in your car? Do you have a way to access
weather information?



219 PM MST Mon Nov 19 2018

... Winter weather on the way for Thanksgiving through the weekend...

Active weather will return to eastern Utah and western Colorado on
Thanksgiving day and will last through the weekend. Two storm
systems in quick succession will bring snow throughout much of
the higher terrain and rain, possibly mixing with snow, to lower
elevation valleys.

The first system will bring light to moderate snowfall to the
higher terrain starting around noon on Thanksgiving day. All
mountain ranges across eastern Utah and western Colorado can
expect to see accumulating snow from this system. Holiday travel
will likely be impacted from the afternoon Onward, especially
over the higher mountain passes including Vail Pass, Rabbit Ears
Pass, and Monarch Pass. Snow is also expected over the San Juan
mountain passes including Lizard Head, Red Mountain, molas, and
Wolf Creek. Snow accumulations will taper off by sunrise on Friday
morning with anywhere from 3-6 inches expected above 8,000 feet
and possibly over 6 inches above 10,000 feet.

After a brief break on Friday morning and afternoon, another
stronger storm system will move in on Friday evening. Snow will
spread south across from the northern mountains of Utah and
Colorado, into central Colorado by midnight Saturday, and into
southern Colorado by sunrise Saturday morning. While some forecast
uncertainty remains, confidence is growing that this second storm
could produce at least 6 to 12 inches of snow across much of
central and northern Colorado. With colder air in place, many
valley locations across the western slope may also see their first
accumulating snow of the season on Saturday.

Key takeaways:
-snow will affect all Major Mountain passes from Thanksgiving
afternoon through the weekend.
-Travelers should be prepared for winter weather driving
conditions and check local Road conditions frequently.
-Winter weather may affect lower elevation valleys that have not
seen snowfall yet this season.
-Now is the time to prepare. Is your vehicle ready? Do you have a
winter safety kit in your car? Do you have a way to access
weather information?


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