4 To 8 Inches Of Snow Expected In Colorado Tonight & Friday

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
151 PM MDT THU OCT 10 2013

.A STRONG STORM SYSTEM WAS MOVING THROUGH THE FORECAST AREA THIS
AFTERNOON AND ONTO THE EASTERN PLAINS TONIGHT. THE COLD FRONT WILL
MOVE EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW LEVELS
WILL LOWER TO BETWEEN 7000 AND 8000 FEET. THE BEST SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS WILL SHIFT FROM THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS THIS
AFTERNOON INTO THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AFTER SUNSET
TONIGHT.

HAZARDOUS WINTER DRIVING CAN BE EXPECTED AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS...
WITH ROADS THROUGH THE HIGH MOUNTAIN PASSES BECOMING ICY AND
SNOWPACKED...AND SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW CAUSING POOR VISIBILITY.
ROADS AT LOWER ELEVATIONS WILL BE WET AND SLUSHY AT TIMES WITH
REDUCED VISIBILITY IN HEAVIER RAIN SHOWERS AND RAIN AND SNOW
MIXED.

ELKHEAD AND PARK MOUNTAINS-
GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...COLUMBINE...TOPONAS...ASPEN...VAIL...
SNOWMASS
151 PM MDT THU OCT 10 2013

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT FRIDAY...

* TIMING...LOWERING TO 7500 FEET THIS EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...5 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE ABOVE
9000 FEET WITH 4 TO 8 INCHES TO 8000 FEET.

* WINDS...WEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH.

* IMPACTS...POOR VISIBILITIES FROM SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...
ESPECIALLY OVER THE MOUNTAIN PASSES AND ABOVE TIMBERLINE.
LOCAL WHITEOUT CONDITIONS OVER THE MOUNTAIN PASSES MAY OCCUR
THURSDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.


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