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Blizzard Warning, Winter Weather Advisory

Statement as of 3:34 PM MST on December 22, 2014

Expires 8:00 PM EST on December 22, 2014


... Blizzard Warning remains in effect until midnight MST tonight
above 8000 feet...
... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 6 PM MST this
evening...

* timing... periods of snow will continue into the evening.

* Snow accumulation... 1 to 2 inches additional accumulations.

* Winds... north 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* Impacts... blowing and drifting snow will create whiteout
conditions at times. The combination of snow... blowing snow
and fog will limit visibility below 1/4 mile at times
including Douglas Pass.

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.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions... making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel... have a winter survival kit with you. If you get
stranded... stay with your vehicle.






Avalanche Warning

Statement as of 6:30 AM MST on December 22, 2014

Expires 8:00 PM EST on December 22, 2014


The following message is transmitted at the request of the
Colorado avalanche information center.

... Avalanche warning issued for the Steamboat and Flat Tops area of
northern Colorado... warning extended to cover the Front Range,
Tenmile, Gore, Elk, west Elk, Sawatch ranges and Grand Mesa on
Monday...

Strong winds, significant snow, and a very weak old snowpack have
conspired to build dangerous avalanche conditions across northern
and central Colorado for Monday.

Significant new snow with very strong westerly winds have
contributed to dangerous avalanche conditions across the Colorado
backcountry.

At this time backcountry travel across the warning area is not
recommended.

Toepfer 2/2



630 am MST Mon Dec 22 2014

The following message is transmitted at the request of the
Colorado avalanche information center.

... Avalanche warning issued for the Steamboat and Flat Tops area of
northern Colorado... warning extended to cover the Front Range,
Tenmile, Gore, Elk, west Elk, Sawatch ranges and Grand Mesa on
Monday...

Strong winds, significant snow, and a very weak old snowpack have
conspired to build dangerous avalanche conditions across northern
and central Colorado for Monday.

Significant new snow with very strong westerly winds have
contributed to dangerous avalanche conditions across the Colorado
backcountry.

At this time backcountry travel across the warning area is not
recommended.

Toepfer 2/2


559 PM MST sun Dec 21 2014

The following message is transmitted at the request of the
Colorado avalanche information center.

... Avalanche warning issued for the Steamboat and Flat Tops area of
northern Colorado...

Strong winds, significant snow, and a very weak old snowpack have
conspired to build dangerous avalanche conditions across northern
Colorado for Sunday night into Monday.

As of sunset Sunday night 12 to 20 inches of new snow was reported
from the area. Westerly winds had increased to a steady 20 plus
miles per hour. The old snowpack had a persistently weak snow layer
which will struggle to accept the new snow Load. Temperatures have
also shown a steady rise during the storm cycle, which is another
telltale sign of increasing avalanche danger.

At this time backcountry travel across the zone is not recommended.

Toepfer



559 PM MST sun Dec 21 2014

The following message is transmitted at the request of the
Colorado avalanche information center.

... Avalanche warning issued for the Steamboat and Flat Tops area of
northern Colorado...

Strong winds, significant snow, and a very weak old snowpack have
conspired to build dangerous avalanche conditions across northern
Colorado for Sunday night into Monday.

As of sunset Sunday night 12 to 20 inches of new snow was reported
from the area. Westerly winds had increased to a steady 20 plus
miles per hour. The old snowpack had a persistently weak snow layer
which will struggle to accept the new snow Load. Temperatures have
also shown a steady rise during the storm cycle, which is another
telltale sign of increasing avalanche danger.

At this time backcountry travel across the zone is not recommended.

Toepfer


Local Storm Report



12/22/2014 1106 am

3 miles SSE of Glenwood Spr, Garfield County.

Snow m5.8 inch, reported by cocorahs.


            As of 7am





12/22/2014 1105 am

3 miles SSE of Glenwood Spr, Garfield County.

Snow m6.0 inch, reported by cocorahs.


            As of 7am





12/22/2014 1104 am

5 miles E of Carbondale, Garfield County.

Snow m7.7 inch, reported by cocorahs.


            As of 8am





12/22/2014 1103 am

1 miles W of Carbondale, Garfield County.

Snow m6.0 inch, reported by cocorahs.


            As of 8am





12/22/2014 1102 am

5 miles SSE of Glenwood Spr, Garfield County.

Snow m7.2 inch, reported by cocorahs.


            As of 7am





12/22/2014 1101 am

3 miles ENE of Rifle, Garfield County.

Snow m1.4 inch, reported by cocorahs.


            As of 7am





12/22/2014 1047 am

Glenwood Springs, Garfield County.

Snow m6.6 inch, reported by cocorahs.


            Snow since 7am





12/21/2014 0318 PM

2 miles ENE of Glenwood Spr, Garfield County.

Snow e3.5 inch, reported by dept of highways.


            Estimated snowfall so far from Glenwood Springs to
            grizzly creek mm116 to 120.





12/21/2014 0303 PM

Meeker, Rio Blanco County.

Snow e2.0 inch, reported by Emergency Mngr.


            Estimated 1 to 2 inches of snow so far in town. Snowing
            on and off.





12/21/2014 0248 PM

1 miles NNW of Shoshone, Garfield County.

Snow e1.5 inch, reported by trained spotter.


            Estimated snowfall in Glenwood Canyon so far. Currently
            snowing.





12/21/2014 0244 PM

Carbondale, Garfield County.

Snow e5.0 inch, reported by public.


            Snowfall since dawn. Still snowing





12/21/2014 1200 PM

1 miles E of Glenwood Sprin, Garfield County.

Snow e3.0 inch, reported by caic.


            Estimated new snowfall of 2 to 4 inches for areas east
            of Glenwood Springs on I-70





12/21/2014 1110 am

8 miles NW of New Castle, Garfield County.

Snow e4.0 inch, reported by public.


            Snowing on and off since last night.





12/21/2014 1110 am

8 miles NW of New Castle, Garfield County.

Snow e4.0 inch, reported by public.


            Snowing on and off since last night.





12/21/2014 0750 am

4 miles NNE of Carbondale, Garfield County.

Snow e2.5 inch, reported by public.


            Snowfall since last night at 6800 ft elevation. Snowing
            currently.



Public Information Statement

Statement as of 2:20 PM MST on December 22, 2014


A strong winter storm impacting eastern Utah and western Colorado,
has generated areas of moderate to heavy rain and snow, with blowing
snow in many mountain areas. Precipitation from this storm started
Sunday morning and will continue through this evening. Following are
reports of snowfall and precipitation from this storm system.
Reports are organized by County. Please keep in mind that snow
amounts attributed to snotels are estimated.


********************Storm total snowfall********************

Location storm total time/date comments
                     snowfall of
                     /inches/ measurement

Colorado

... Delta County...
   1 NNW Paonia 3.3 1042 am 12/22 as of 8am this morning
   4 NNE Cedaredge 3.0 1029 am 12/22 public
   2 SSE Paonia 2.6 1040 am 12/22 cocorahs

... Eagle County...
   2 ENE Vail 12.1 1044 am 12/22 as of 7am this morning
   Vail 12.0 818 am 12/22 trained spotter
   2 W Vail 10.0 1045 am 12/22 as of 7am this morning
   6 E Carbondale 9.7 1046 am 12/22 as of 7am this morning
   Eagle-Vail 9.0 818 am 12/22 Beaver Creek
   Minturn 4.5 847 PM 12/21 trained spotter
   2 N Wolcott 3.8 1043 am 12/22 cocorahs
   Eagle 2.0 817 am 12/22 trained spotter

... Garfield County...
   5 E Carbondale 7.7 1104 am 12/22 as of 8am
   5 SSE Glenwood Sprin 7.2 1102 am 12/22 as of 7am
   Glenwood Springs 6.6 1047 am 12/22 snow since 7am
   3 SSE Glenwood Sprin 6.0 1105 am 12/22 as of 7am
   1 W Carbondale 6.0 1103 am 12/22 as of 8am
   Carbondale 5.0 244 PM 12/21 public
   2 ENE Glenwood Sprin 3.5 318 PM 12/21 dept of highways
   1 NNW Shoshone 1.5 248 PM 12/21 trained spotter
   3 ENE Rifle 1.4 1101 am 12/22 as of 7am

... Gunnison County...
   3 N Kebler Pass 27.0 1141 am 12/22 ski area
   1 N Gunnison 14.0 1125 am 12/22 public
   2 E Gunnison 11.0 754 am 12/22 public
   6 WSW Almont 8.5 1127 am 12/22 as of 7am
   4 NNE Powderhorn 7.0 1128 am 12/22 as of 8am
   Gothic 5.0 1126 am 12/22 as of 8am
   Gunnison 5.0 246 PM 12/21 public
   Crested Butte 4.0 300 PM 12/21 public
   5 NNE Iola 3.3 1107 am 12/22 as of 7am
   11 S Cimmaron 1.0 1127 am 12/22 as of 7am

... La Plata County...
   7 N Rockwood 5.4 1130 am 12/22 as of 7am

... Mesa County...
   1 N Powderhorn ski a 2.5 930 am 12/22 ski area

... Moffat County...
   12 SW Juniper Spring 3.0 327 PM 12/21 trained spotter

... Ouray County...
   Red Mountain Pass 10.0 100 am 12/22 caic
   Swamp Angel 7.9 830 am 12/22 caic

... Pitkin County...
   2 WNW Woody Creek 9.5 840 am 12/22 trained spotter

... Rio Blanco County...
   Meeker 2.0 303 PM 12/21 Emergency Mngr

... Routt County...
   2 E Steamboat spgs 6.1 1132 am 12/22 as of 6am
   Rabbit Ears Pass 5.0 124 PM 12/21 caic
   1 se Steamboat spgs 5.0 329 PM 12/21 trained spotter
   1 ESE Steamboat spgs 4.8 1135 am 12/22 as of 0700am
   Oak Creek 4.1 1132 am 12/22 as of 7am
   Steamboat Springs 4.0 330 PM 12/21 public
   1 SSE Steamboat spgs 4.0 1134 am 12/22 as of 8am
   1 WNW Steamboat spgs 3.6 1133 am 12/22 as of 730am
   4 NE Milner 2.4 1133 am 12/22 as of 8am

... San Juan County...
   Silverton 5.4 135 PM 12/22 co-op observer


**********************24 hour snowfall**********************

Location 24 hour time/date comments
                     snowfall of
                     /inches/ measurement

Colorado

... Delta County...
   park rsvr 13.2 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Paonia 1sw 2.0 700 am 12/22 W co coop site

... Dolores County...
   Lizard Head Pass 9.6 800 am 12/22 snotel
   El Diente Peak 7.7 800 am 12/22 snotel
   scotch creek 2.2 800 am 12/22 snotel

... Eagle County...
   Vail Mountain 18.2 800 am 12/22 snotel

... Garfield County...
   Bison Lake 26.0 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Rifle 3ene 1.4 700 am 12/22 W co coop site

... Gunnison County...
   Schofield Pass 22.8 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Porphyry creek 18.0 800 am 12/22 snotel
   McClure pass 15.6 800 am 12/22 snotel
   north lost trail 12.0 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Butte Mountain 8.4 800 am 12/22 snotel

... Hinsdale County...
   slumgullion 13.2 800 am 12/22 snotel
   weminuche creek 8.8 800 am 12/22 snotel

... La Plata County...
   Stump Lakes 11.0 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Columbus Basin 7.7 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Vallecito 5.5 800 am 12/22 snotel

... Mesa County...
   Mesa Lakes 6.0 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Colorado nm 0.1 840 am 12/22 W co coop site
   Glade Park 17w 0.1 800 am 12/22 W co coop site

... Mineral County...
   upper San Juan 4.4 800 am 12/22 snotel

... Montezuma County...
   sharkstooth 5.5 800 am 12/22 snotel

... Montrose County...
   Black Canyon np 1.2 800 am 12/22 W co coop site
   Columbine Pass 1.2 800 am 12/22 snotel

... Ouray County...
   Red Mountain Pass 10.8 800 am 12/22 snotel
   idarado 8.4 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Ouray 0.7 728 am 12/22 W co coop site

... Pitkin County...
   Ivanhoe 16.9 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Kiln 11.7 800 am 12/22 snotel

... Rio Blanco County...
   ripple creek 20.8 800 am 12/22 snotel
   crosho 14.3 800 am 12/22 snotel

... Routt County...
   Rabbit Ears 20.8 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Lynx Pass 20.8 800 am 12/22 snotel
   lost dog 19.5 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Bear River 14.3 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Dry Lake 14.3 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Elk River 10.4 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Steamboat Springs 4.5 730 am 12/22 W co coop site
   Yampa 2.0 700 am 12/22 W co coop site

... Saguache County...
   upper Taylor 10.8 800 am 12/22 snotel

... San Juan County...
   Mineral creek 8.8 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Spud Mountain 8.8 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Molas Lake 7.7 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Cascade #2 6.6 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Cascade 2.2 800 am 12/22 snotel

... San Miguel County...
   Lone Cone 1.2 800 am 12/22 snotel

Utah

... Uintah County...
   Kings cabin 2.6 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Mosby mtn 2.6 800 am 12/22 snotel
   Trout Creek 1.3 800 am 12/22 snotel


**********************24 hour precipitation**********************

Location 24 hour time/date comments
                     precipitation of
                     /inches/ measurement

Colorado

... Delta County...
   Paonia 1sw 0.26 700 am 12/22 W co coop site

... Garfield County...
   Rifle 3ene 0.20 700 am 12/22 W co coop site
   Rifle 0.02 1100 am 12/22 aviation site

... Mesa County...
   Grand Junction 0.04 1100 am 12/22 aviation site
   Glade Park 17w 0.03 800 am 12/22 W co coop site
   Palisade 0.01 700 am 12/22 W co coop site
   Colorado nm 0.01 840 am 12/22 W co coop site

... Moffat County...
   Craig 0.02 1100 am 12/22 aviation site

... Montezuma County...
   Cortez 0.01 1100 am 12/22 aviation site

... Montrose County...
   Montrose 0.03 1100 am 12/22 aviation site
   Black Canyon np 0.03 800 am 12/22 W co coop site
   Paradox 2n 0.02 600 am 12/22 W co coop site
   Montrose #2 0.01 800 am 12/22 W co coop site

... Ouray County...
   Ouray 0.08 728 am 12/22 W co coop site

... Pitkin County...
   Aspen 0.58 1100 am 12/22 aviation site

... Rio Blanco County...
   Meeker 0.49 1100 am 12/22 aviation site

... Routt County...
   Yampa 0.67 700 am 12/22 W co coop site
   Steamboat Springs 0.52 730 am 12/22 W co coop site

Utah

... Daggett County...
   Jarvie ranch 0.13 800 am 12/22 E UT coop site

... Uintah County...
   Vernal 0.03 1100 am 12/22 aviation site


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