Rain on Snow for Southwestern Valleys and Foothills

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
900 AM MST SUN MAR 7 2010

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ANIMAS RIVER BASIN-CANYONLANDS/NATURAL BRIDGES-
FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER-LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-
PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES RIVER-SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN-
SOUTHEAST UTAH-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
900 AM MST SUN MAR 7 2010

...WARM PACIFIC STORM WILL BRING RAIN TO AREAS BELOW 7000 FEET
THROUGH THIS EVENING...

MODERATE OR HEAVY RAINFALL IN AREAS WITH SIGNIFICANT SNOWPACK ALONG
THE SOUTHERN FLANKS OF THE SAN JUAN AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS COULD PRODUCE
AREAS OF FLOODING TODAY AND TONIGHT.

A WARM PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTO
CENTRAL ARIZONA BY EARLY MONDAY MORNING. A STREAM OF WARM...MOIST
SUBTROPICAL AIR FLOWING NORTHWARD AHEAD OF THE STORM WILL BRING
PERIODS OF MODERATE RAINFALL TO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION. ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE WHICH WILL GENERATE LOCALIZED HEAVY
RAINFALL.

IN ADDITION...ABOVE 7000 FEET SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF HEAVY WET
SNOW WILL FALL TODAY AND TONIGHT...DECREASING BY MIDDAY MONDAY. STORM
TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 8 TO 16 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ON THE SOUTHERN
FACES OF THE SAN JUAN...LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS. A WINTER STORM
WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THESE AREAS.




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