Saturday, February 9, 2013

WInter Storm Warning for Pagosa and Surounding Area

...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION AND PUEBLO HAVE ISSUED WINTER STORM WARNINGS FOR SNOW...

IN THE PAGOSA SPRINGS AREA...WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9
AM MST SUNDAY. 

IN THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS...WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 
NOON MST MONDAY.

* CAUSE AND TIMING...A LARGE PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM WILL TRACK FROM UTAH THROUGH NORTHERN COLORADO TODAY AND INTO NEBRASKA TONIGHT. SNOW WILL DECREASE A BIT ON SUNDAY BEFORE INCREASING IN INTENSITY SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING...AS A SECOND LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVES INTO NORTHERN ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION IN THE PAGOSA SPRINGS AREA...4 TO 8 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. AN ADDITIONAL 4 to 5 INCHES LATE SUNDAY THROUGH NOON MONDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION IN THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS...8 TO 16
INCHES THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. AN ADDITIONAL 6 TO 12 INCHES LATE SUNDAY THROUGH NOON MONDAY. 

* WINDS IN THE PAGOSA SPRINGS AREA...LOCAL SOUTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 25 MPH BECOMING WESTERLY AND DECREASING BY LATE TODAY.

* WIND IN THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS...SOUTHWEST 15 TO 30 GUSTING TO 40 MPH TODAY BECOMING NORTHWEST 15 TO 30 GUSTING TO 40 MPH SATURDAY NIGHT.

* VISIBILITY...DOWN TO 1/2 MILE IN HEAVIER SNOWFALL. 

* IMPACT...TRAVEL WILL BE HAZARDOUS DUE TO A COMBINATION OF SNOW...BLOWING SNOW...POOR VISIBILITIES AND ICY...SNOW COVERED ROADS. THE THREAT OF AVALANCHES WILL INCREASE IN THE MOUNTAINS ESPECIALLY SUNDAY AND MONDAY. PLEASE VISIT WWW.COTRIP.ORG OR DIAL 511 FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FROM THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (CDOT).

PLEASE VISIT  
https://avalanche.state.co.us/pub_bc_avo.php?zone_id=8 FOR THE LATEST LOCAL AVALANCHE STATEMENTS AND FORECAST FROM THE COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER (CAIC).


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 
AVOID TRAVEL 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. 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.