Rio Grande County, Colorado
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Avalanche Warning
COZ012-017>019-066-068-072>075-031400-

AVALANCHE WARNING
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
654 AM MST SUN MAR 01 2015

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER.

...AVALANCHE WARNING ISSUED FOR THE SANGRE DE CRISTO, SOUTHERN SAN
JUAN AND NORTHERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS, THE RUBY RANGE, AND THE WEST
ELK MOUNTAINS ...

A STRONG WINTER STORM HAS DEPOSITED A FOOT OF NEW SNOW THUS FAR AND
PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOWFALL AND INCREASING WINDS ARE FORECAST FOR THE
NEXT COUPLE DAYS. NATURAL AND HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY
ON ALL STEEP SLOPES TODAY.

BACKCOUNTRY TRAVEL INTO OR BELOW AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT
RECOMMENDED AT THIS TIME.

LAZAR 3/1

$$
Avalanche Warning
COZ012-017>019-066-068-031730-

...AVALANCHE WARNING EXTENDED FOR THE SOUTHERN SAN JUAN AND NORTHERN
SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS, THE RUBY RANGE, AND THE WEST ELK MOUNTAINS...

ANOTHER FOOT OF SNOW ALONG WITH STRONG WIND IS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT.
THIS WILL KEEP THE AVALANCHE DANGER ELEVATED THROUGH TOMORROW
MORNING. NATURAL AND HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES REMAIN LIKELY ON ALL
STEEP SLOPES.

BACKCOUNTRY TRAVEL INTO OR BELOW AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT
RECOMMENDED AT THIS TIME.

DAVIS

$$
Blizzard Warning
COZ068-030700-
/O.CON.KPUB.BZ.W.0002.000000T0000Z-150304T0000Z/
EASTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS ABOVE 10000 FT-
INCLUDING...CUMBRES PASS...WOLF CREEK PASS
302 PM MST MON MAR 2 2015

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST TUESDAY...

* LOCATION...THE EASTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS ABOVE 10000 FEET.

* CAUSE AND TIMING...A MOIST...PACIFIC JET STREAM WILL BRING
PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS TO THE CONTINENTAL
DIVIDE THROUGH TUESDAY.

* TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION...3 TO 4 FEET WITH SIGNIFICANT DRIFTING.
VERY INTENSE SNOWFALL RATES WILL BE POSSIBLE LATE THIS EVENING.
THUNDER SNOW SQUALLS ARE POSSIBLE.

* WIND...WEST TO SOUTHWEST 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH AT
TIMES TONIGHT.

* IMPACT...TRAVEL WILL BE VERY HAZARDOUS...IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE...
DUE TO HEAVY...BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...NEAR ZERO
VISIBILITIES AND ICY...SNOW COVERED ROADS. ROAD CLOSURES WILL
BE POSSIBLE. AVALANCHE DANGER WILL BE EXTREME.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

LIFE THREATENING WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED.
SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OR FREQUENT GUSTS OVER 35 MPH AND
VISIBILITY REDUCED TO BELOW 1/4 MILE BY FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW
ARE EXPECTED.

AVOID TRAVELING IN THE WARNING AREA. IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO
TRAVEL IN THE WARNING AREA DURING THE TIME OF THE WARNING...
LISTEN TO THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST AND CONSIDER TRAVELING AT
ANOTHER TIME OR BY ANOTHER ROUTE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL IN THE
WARNING AREA DURING THE TIME OF THE WARNING...TAKE ALONG A WINTER
SURVIVAL KIT. IF YOU BECOME STRANDED IN A RURAL AREA...STAY WITH
YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL HELP ARRIVES. IN SIMILAR CONDITIONS DURING
PAST BLIZZARDS...PEOPLE HAVE DIED OF EXPOSURE WHILE TRYING TO
WALK TO SHELTER. TO KEEP WARM IN YOUR VEHICLE...RUN YOUR ENGINE
10 MINUTES EACH HOUR...AND MAKE SURE THE EXHAUST PIPE IS CLEAR OF
SNOW TO AVOID CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.

&&

$$

Winter Storm Warning
COZ058-060-061-066-067-030700-
/O.CON.KPUB.WS.W.0021.000000T0000Z-150304T0000Z/
WESTERN MOSQUITO RANGE/EAST LAKE COUNTY ABOVE 11000 FT-
EASTERN SAWATCH MOUNTAINS ABOVE 11000 FT-
WESTERN CHAFFEE COUNTY BETWEEN 9000 AND 11000 FT-
LA GARITA MOUNTAINS ABOVE 10000 FT-
UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY/EASTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS BELOW 10000 FT-
INCLUDING...CLIMAX...MOSQUITO PASS...INDEPENDENCE PASS...
MT ELBERT...MT MASSIVE...GRANITE...NORTH PASS...SOUTH FORK...
CREEDE
302 PM MST MON MAR 2 2015

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST
TUESDAY...

* LOCATION...THE UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY...THE LA GARITA
MOUNTAINS ABOVE 10000 FEET AND THE EASTERN SAWATCH RANGE AND
THE WESTERN MOSQUITO RANGE ABOVE 11000 FEET...INCLUDING SOUTH
FORK...CREEDE...NORTH PASS AND MONARCH PASS.

* CAUSE AND TIMING...A MOIST...PACIFIC JET STREAM WILL BRING
PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS TO THE CONTINENTAL
DIVIDE THROUGH TUESDAY.

* TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION...1 TO 3 FEET.

* WIND...WEST TO SOUTHWEST AT 20 TO 35 WITH GUSTS AROUND 40 MPH.

* IMPACT...TRAVEL WILL BE HAZARDOUS...IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE DUE TO
HEAVY...BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...NEAR ZERO VISIBILITIES AND
ICY...SNOW COVERED ROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

WINTER STORMS MAY HAVE STRONG WINDS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY DUE TO
HEAVY SNOWFALL AND BLOWING SNOW. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF OVER
8 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS MAY OCCUR. IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO
TRAVEL IN THE WATCH AREA DURING THE TIME OF THE WATCH...LISTEN TO
THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST AND CONSIDER TRAVELING AT ANOTHER
TIME OR BY ANOTHER ROUTE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL IN OR THROUGH THE
WATCH AREA DURING THE TIME OF THE WATCH...TAKE ALONG A WINTER
SURVIVAL KIT.

&&

$$

Winter Weather Advisory
COZ059-064-065-030700-
/O.CON.KPUB.WW.Y.0043.000000T0000Z-150304T0000Z/
LEADVILLE VICINITY/LAKE COUNTY BELOW 11000 FT-
SAGUACHE COUNTY WEST OF CONTINENTAL DIVIDE BELOW 10000 FT-
SAGUACHE COUNTY EAST OF CONTINENTAL DIVIDE BELOW 10000 FT-
INCLUDING...LEADVILLE...SARGENTS...BONANZA
302 PM MST MON MAR 2 2015

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST
TUESDAY...

* LOCATION...THE MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS OF WESTERN SAGUACHE
COUNTY BELOW 10000 FEET INCLUDING SARGENTS AND BONANZA...AND
LAKE COUNTY BELOW 11000 FEET INCLUDING LEADVILLE.

* CAUSE AND TIMING...A MOIST...PACIFIC JET STREAM WILL BRING
PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW TO THE REGION THROUGH TUESDAY.

* TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION...8 TO 14 INCHES.

* WIND...WEST TO SOUTHWEST AT 15 TO 35 MPH.

* IMPACT...TRAVEL WILL BE HAZARDOUS DUE TO PERIODS OF HEAVY...
BLOWING SNOW...POOR VISIBILITIES AND ICY...SNOW COVERED ROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO TRAVEL IN THE ADVISORY AREA DURING THE
TIME OF THE ADVISORY...LISTEN TO THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST AND
CONSIDER TRAVELING AT ANOTHER TIME OR BY ANOTHER ROUTE.

&&

$$
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