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BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
846 AM MST SUN FEB 18 2018
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER.
Avalanche watch in effect. THE COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER
HAS ISSUED AN AVALANCHE WATCH
* TIMING...Issued at 8 AM MST Sunday for dangerous avalanche
conditions beginning Monday morning.
* AFFECTED AREA...Affected areas include...the Elk Mountains,
Basalt, Red Table and Hardscrabble Mountains, Ruby Range, West Elk
Mountains, Mosquito Range, Sawatch Range, San Juan Mountains, La
Plata Mountains, Needle Mountains, Grenadier Range.
* AVALANCHE DANGER...The avalanche danger could increase to
HIGH(Level 4) Monday morning if we meet or exceed the upper end
of forecast snow totals.
* REASON...A powerful winter storm will move into Colorado Sunday
night. Portions of the Central and Southern Mountains could see
new snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet by Tuesday afternoon. Snow
will be accompanied by very strong winds. Avalanche danger could
rise to HIGH (Level 4). Natural avalanches will become likely and
large dangerous human triggered avalanches breaking near the
ground will become very likely.
* PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...Backcountry users should
avoid traveling on or underneath any slope steeper than 30 degrees
during the watch period. Pay attention to changing conditions and
a rapidly increasing danger over the next 24 hours.
Consult www.colorado.gov/avalanche for detailed information.
Paradox Valley/Lower Dolores River-
Four Corners/Upper Dolores River-Southeast Utah-
La Sal and Abajo Mountains-
456 PM MST Sun Feb 18 2018
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 5 PM MST
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE...Gateway, Nucla, Cortez, Dove Creek, Mancos,
Blanding, and Monticello.
* WINDS...Southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Areas
in the La Sal and Abajo mountains will gust over 50 mph.
* IMPACTS...Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects. Tree
limbs could be blown down. Travel may be difficult, especially
for high profile vehicles.
A Wind Advisory means that a significant wind event is expected
or occurring. Winds this strong can make driving difficult. Use
People, especially those with respiratory illnesses, heart
disease, the elderly, and children are recommended to stay
indoors and avoid prolonged outdoor exercise or heavy exertion
due to wind-blown dust.
$$Winter Storm Warning
Northwest San Juan Mountains-Southwest San Juan Mountains-
Including the cities of Telluride, Ouray, Lake City, Silverton,
Rico, and Hesperus
850 PM MST Sun Feb 18 2018
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM MST
* WHAT...Heavy snow and blowing snow expected. Plan on difficult
travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 18 inches,
with localized amounts up to 24 inches, are expected.
* WHERE...Northwest San Juan Mountains and Southwest San Juan
* WHEN...From 5 PM Sunday to 8 AM MST Tuesday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Snow is expected to develop overnight
tonight and increase in intensity on Monday. Winds gusting as
high as 50 mph will cause widespread blowing and drifting snow.
A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe
winter weather conditions are occurring. If you must travel, keep
an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an
emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are
calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.