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Colorado, Central Yampa River Basin

Winter Storm Warning

Statement as of 9:29 AM MST on December 22, 2014

Expires 2:00 AM EST on December 23, 2014


... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until midnight MST
tonight...

* timing... snow will continue today with occasional lulls in the
activity. The heaviest snow will be focused east of Highway 13.

* Snow accumulation... 4 to 8 inches.

* Winds... northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

* Impacts... accumulating snow will result in icy and snow packed
roads and highways especially highways 13 and 40. The
combination of snow... drifting snow and fog will limit
visibility below 1 mile at times.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are
expected or occurring. Strong winds and blowing snow are also
possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.





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



12/21/2014 0327 PM

12 miles SW of Juniper spri, Moffat County.

Snow e3.0 inch, reported by trained spotter.


            Estimated snowfall so far today. Currently not snowing.





12/21/2014 0920 am

3 miles NNW of Massadona, Moffat County.

Snow e1.0 inch, reported by trained spotter.


            Snow begin about 730 am. Breezy.



Public Information Statement

Statement as of 7:10 AM MST on December 22, 2014


A strong winter storm has generated areas of moderate to heavy
snowfall with blowing snow in many mountain areas. This current
storm started Sunday morning and will continue through this evening.

The following are some snowfall estimates for the mountains of
eastern Utah and western Colorado gathered from snotel observation
sites. Amounts are as of 6 am Monday.

Northeast Utah mountains:
2 to 4 inches.
Southeast Utah mountains:
none.
Northwest Colorado mountains:
    elkheads and park range: 10 to 20 inches, with 23 at lost dog.
Flattops: 10 to 20 inches, with 23 at Bison Lake.
Central Colorado mountains:
grand mesa: 4 to 8 inches.
Gore Range and Elk mountains: 10 to 18 inches.
West elks and Sawatch range: 8 to 18 inches, with 22 at Schofield Pass.
Southwest Colorado mountains:
uncompaghre plateau: 1 inch.
Northwest san juans: 7 to 10 inches.
Southwest san juans: 5 to 8 inches, with 18 at Beartown.


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