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Major Winter Storm On Tap For Next Week!

Winter Has Arrived in the San Juans!
October 28, 2009
SWAG Guide Meeting – Eye of the Storm
December 7, 2009

Check out this text from the National Weather Service.  Winter is in full swing, ice conditions are superb, and this storm should really help ski conditions, though with the early season snow sitting around doing nothing but faceting there are certain to be some touchy avalanche conditions during and directly after the storm.  Stay tuned for some ice climbing reports and pics!

Storm Profile for Monday – Wednesday

.. MAJOR WINTER STORM EXPECTED TO IMPACT EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO EARLY NEXT WEEK… POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY SNOW MONDAY AND TUESDAY…

* TWO WEATHER SYSTEMS WILL IMPACT THE REGION EARLY NEXT WEEK WITH THE SECOND WEATHER SYSTEM EXPECTED TO BRING THE HEAVIEST SNOW.

* STORM 1… SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY… THE FIRST SYSTEM REACHES NORTHEAST UTAH AND NORTHWEST COLORADO SATURDAY EVENING AND SWEEPS ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF WESTERN COLORADO ON SUNDAY. ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE 5 TO 10 INCHES OVER THE EASTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS AND THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN COLORADO.

* STORM 2… MONDAY AND TUESDAY… POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT SNOW FOR AREAS ALONG THE I-70 CORRIDOR AND SOUTH.

* STORM 2 POTENTIAL ACCUMULATIONS FOR SELECTED LOCATIONS:

2 TO 3 FEET SOUTHWESTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS… GRAND MESA… WEST ELK… ELK… AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS.

1 TO 2 FEET FOR ANIMAS AND SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN… INCLUDING DURANGO AND PAGOSA SPRINGS.

POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS… 6 INCHES OR MORE… FOR GRAND AND SAN JUAN COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST UTAH… INCLUDING BLANDING AND MONTICELLO AND ALONG INTERSTATE 70 EAST OF CRESCENT JUNCTION… OR INTERSECTION WITH HIGHWAY 191.

POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS… 6 INCHES OR MORE… ALONG THE INTERSTATE 70 CORRIDOR… INCLUDING FRUITA… RIFLE… GLENWOOD SPRINGS.

SNOW WILL INCREASE NORTH OF INTERSTATE 70 MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY WITH SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE.

* FOR MOUNTAIN AREAS… SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE ON MONDAY WITH STRONG WIND GUSTS OVER THE PASSES AND RIDGES.

* SOME UNCERTAINTY ON THE STORM TRACK AND INTENSITY OF STORM 2 STILL EXISTS. CONFIDENCE IS HIGH THAT THIS STORM WILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT WINTER WEATHER IMPACTS ACROSS EASTERN UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO… ESPECIALLY MONDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUING INTO TUESDAY.