Sunday, February 10, 2013

Winter Storm Warnings for Pagosa and Sourounding Area

...WINTER STORM WARNINGS NOW ISSUED... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES IN GRAND JUNCTION, PUEBLO, AND ALBUQUERQUE HAVE ISSUED WINTER STORM WARNINGS...

IN THE PAGOSA SPRINGS AREA...WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 3PM MST TODAY UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY NIGHT.

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

* CAUSE AND TIMING...A STORM SYSTEM WILL DROP SOUTH INTO THE GREAT BASIN TODAY AND WILL MOVE INTO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION BY MIDDAY MONDAY...AND WILL PRODUCE ONGOING PERIODS OF SNOW.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION IN THE PAGOSA SPRINGS AREA...ANOTHER 5 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED BY MONDAY EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION IN THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS...ANOTHER 8 TO 14 INCHES THROUGH NOON MONDAY.


* WINDS IN THE PAGOSA SPRINGS AREA...SWITCHING THIS AFTERNOON TO SOUTHWEST 5 TO 15 MPH.


* WIND IN THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS...SOUTHWEST TO WEST AT 15 TO 30 MPH.


* VISIBILITY...AT TIMES...LESS THAN 1/2 MILE IN HEAVY 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 HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE.


PLEASE VISIT: 
- WWW.COTRIP.ORG OR DIAL 511 (877-315-7623) FOR THE LATEST COLORADO ROAD CONDITIONS.

- WWW.NMROADS.COM OR DIAL 511 (800-432-4269) FOR THE LATEST NEW MEXICO ROAD CONDITIONS.

- https://avalanche.state.co.us/pub_bc_avo.php?zone_id=8 FOR THE LATEST LOCAL AVALANCHE STATEMENTS AND FORECAST. 


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.