Winter Storm Watch Colorado

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
959 AM MDT MON OCT 24 2011

WESTERN CHAFFEE COUNTY BETWEEN 9000 AND 11000 FT-
CENTRAL CHAFFEE COUNTY BELOW 9000 FT-
WESTERN MOSQUITO RANGE/EAST CHAFFEE COUNTY ABOVE 9000 FT-
SAGUACHE COUNTY WEST OF CONTINENTAL DIVIDE BELOW 10000 FT-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS BETWEEN 8500 AND 11000 FT-
NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 11000 FEET-
NORTHWESTERN FREMONT COUNTY ABOVE 8500 FT-
WESTERN/CENTRAL FREMONT COUNTY BELOW 8500 FT-
WET MOUNTAIN VALLEY BELOW 8500 FEET-
WET MOUNTAINS BETWEEN 6300 AND 10000 FT-
WET MOUNTAINS ABOVE 10000 FT-
CANON CITY VICINITY/EASTERN FREMONT COUNTY-
COLORADO SPRINGS VICINITY/SOUTHERN EL PASO COUNTY/RAMPART RANGE
BELOW 7400 FT-
INCLUDING...GRANITE...SALIDA...BUENA VISTA...SARGENTS...
LA VETA PASS...PONCHA PASS...BLANCA PEAK...COALDALE...COTOPAXI...
HILLSIDE...HOWARD...SWISSVALE...TEXAS CREEK...SILVER CLIFF...
WESTCLIFFE...RYE...GREENHORN MTN...CANON CITY...PENROSE...
COLORADO SPRINGS
959 AM MDT MON OCT 24 2011

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT
THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING...

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT
THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* LOCATION...CENTRAL AND EASTERN CHAFFEE COUNTY...SAWATCH COUNTY
WEST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE BELOW 10000 FEET...THE NORTHERN
SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS...FREMONT COUNTY...THE WET MOUNTAINS
AND THE WET MOUNTAIN VALLEY...AND SOUTHERN EL PASO COUNTY...
INCLUDING COLORADO SPRINGS.

* CAUSE AND TIMING...A STRONG STORM SYSTEM DROPPING INTO THE
GREAT BASIN AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL
FOR HEAVY SNOW FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY
EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...8 INCHES OR MORE ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH
WEDNESDAY EVENING ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. 6 INCHES OR
MORE ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING ACROSS THE LOWER
ELEVATIONS OF THE WET MOUNTAIN VALLEY...CHAFFEE...FREMONT AND
SOUTHERN EL PASO COUNTIES.

* WINDS...NORTH TO NORTHEAST 15 TO 25 MPH.

* IMPACT...HEAVY SNOW COULD CREATE TREACHEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS
WITH THE POSSIBILITY FOR SNOW-PACKED AND ICY ROADS BY THE MORNING
COMMUTE. DETERIORATING CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THE
MORNING AS THE SNOWFALL INTENSIFIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR
SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS TO DEVELOP.

WINTER STORMS MAY HAVE STRONG WINDS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY DUE TO
HEAVY SNOWFALL AND BLOWING SNOW. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF OVER
6 INCHES ACROSS THE PLAINS AND HIGH VALLEYS OR 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.


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