Thursday, December 13, 2012

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
1246 PM MST THU DEC 13 2012

.A POTENT WINTER STORM WILL MOVE ONSHORE OVER THE SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA COAST THIS AFTERNOON THEN MOVE EAST TOWARD THE FOUR
CORNERS REGION TONIGHT. THE STORM WILL TRACK NORTHEAST ACROSS
SOUTHERN COLORADO FRIDAY AFTERNOON. AHEAD OF THE STORM CENTER...
EARLY FRIDAY MORNING...A STRONG SOUTHWEST FLOW ALOFT WILL SPREAD
SNOW SHOWERS INTO THE SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS BEFORE SUNRISE.
THE SNOWFALL WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THROUGH THE
MORNING...REACHING THE CENTRAL COLORADO MOUNTAINS BY NOON. THE
BEST CHANCE FOR QUICKLY ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL WILL OCCUR FRIDAY
MORNING THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY EVENING...WHEN MOISTURE AND LIFT
FROM THIS SYSTEM MERGE OVER THE AREA. CONFIDENCE IS HIGH THAT NEW
SNOW OF A FOOT OR MORE WILL ACCUMULATE OVER MUCH OF THE SAN JUAN
MOUNTAINS AND THE SOUTHERN UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU. THE SOUTHERN
ADJACENT FOOTHILLS AND VALLEYS WILL ALSO SEE SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS
OF 6 OR MORE INCHES.