Special Weather Statement
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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
340 PM MDT THU APR 23 2015

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LOWER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-CENTRAL YAMPA RIVER BASIN-
ROAN AND TAVAPUTS PLATEAUS-ELKHEAD AND PARK MOUNTAINS-
UPPER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-GRAND VALLEY-DEBEQUE TO SILT CORRIDOR-
CENTRAL COLORADO RIVER BASIN-GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS-
GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS-
CENTRAL GUNNISON AND UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BASIN-
WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-FLATTOPS-
UPPER GUNNISON RIVER VALLEY-UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE-
NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES RIVER-
FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER-ANIMAS RIVER BASIN-
SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN-SOUTHEAST UTAH-EASTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS-
EASTERN UINTA BASIN-TAVAPUTS PLATEAU-ARCHES/GRAND FLAT-
LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-CANYONLANDS/NATURAL BRIDGES-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...RANGELY...DINOSAUR...CRAIG...HAYDEN...
MEEKER...RIO BLANCO...COLUMBINE...TOPONAS...
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS AND VICINITY...GRAND JUNCTION...FRUITA...
PALISADE...RIFLE...SILT...PARACHUTE...MESA...GLENWOOD SPRINGS...
EAGLE...CARBONDALE...SKYWAY...ASPEN...VAIL...SNOWMASS...DELTA...
HOTCHKISS...MONTROSE...CRESTED BUTTE...TAYLOR PARK...MARBLE...
BUFORD...TRAPPERS LAKE...GUNNISON...CIMARRON...RIDGWAY...
GLADE PARK...OURAY...TELLURIDE...LAKE CITY...SILVERTON...RICO...
HESPERUS...GATEWAY...NUCLA...CORTEZ...DOVE CREEK...MANCOS...
DURANGO...BAYFIELD...IGNACIO...PAGOSA SPRINGS AND VICINITY...
BLANDING...BLUFF...MEXICAN HAT...MANILA...DUTCH JOHN...VERNAL...
JENSEN...BALLARD...FORT DUCHESNE...RANDLETT...MOAB...
CASTLE VALLEY...THOMPSON SPRINGS...MONTICELLO AND VICINITY
340 PM MDT THU APR 23 2015

...SHOWERS INCREASE FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY ACROSS EASTERN UTAH AND
WESTERN COLORADO...

A PROLONGED PERIOD OF WET WEATHER TO THE REGION WILL BEGIN ON
FRIDAY. THE FIRST WEATHER DISTURBANCE WAS OVER SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA ON THURSDAY AND WILL SLOWLY TRACK THROUGH THE DESERT
SOUTHWEST THROUGH FRIDAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING INCREASING
SHOWERS ON FRIDAY.

THEN A STRONGER AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL DIG IN FROM THE
NORTHWEST ON SATURDAY AND PASS ON SUNDAY. THE ASSOCIATED COLD
FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH THE REGION SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY
BRINGING WIDESPREAD SHOWERS...SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS...AND COOLER
TEMPERATURES. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE HIGHER
TERRAIN WITH THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS FAVORED TO RECEIVE SIGNIFICANT
ACCUMULATIONS. EARLY INDICATIONS SHOW 6 INCHES OF SNOW WITH
LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. VALLEY RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW
SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO MONDAY MORNING.

THERE IS STILL MUCH UNCERTAINTY ON THE TRACK OF THE UPPER
LOW...WHERE THE HEAVIEST SHOWERS WILL OCCUR...AND SNOW LEVELS AND
ACCUMULATIONS. STAY TUNED TO THE LATEST INFORMATION AND FORECASTS
ON THIS DEVELOPING STORM.

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