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Special Statement

Statement as of 3:41 PM MST on December 18, 2014

Expires 9:45 AM EST on December 19, 2014


... Significant mountain snowfall possible Sunday afternoon into
Tuesday... with another storm possible on Christmas day...

Inclement weather will be hanging around eastern Utah and western
Colorado for at least another week as a series of Pacific storms
move through the region. Light snow will remain a threat mainly
across the northeast Utah and north-central Colorado mountains
through Sunday... with a small break coming Friday afternoon and
overnight.

By late Sunday... upper level winds will be swinging around to the
northwest sending a series of very moist disturbances into the
northern and central mountains of western Colorado. This favorable
wind flow combined with the Pacific moisture may result in a
prolonged period of moderate to heavy snowfall from Vail Pass
northward to the Wyoming state line near Steamboat Springs. Early
indications suggest well over a foot of new snow will be possible
between Sunday afternoon and late Tuesday evening. Much of the
central Colorado mountains will also experience some snow Sunday
night and Monday.

Long range computer models suggest another storm will pass through
the region Christmas eve or on Christmas day. This storm will be
colder with the potential to bring snow to even the lower valleys
of eastern Utah and western Colorado.

With heavy Holiday travel anticipated... the impact from any
snowfall late this weekend through Christmas day may result in
significant delays. Plan ahead and check the latest forecast
before traveling across eastern Utah and western Colorado.


Public Information Statement

Statement as of 1:31 PM MST on December 18, 2014


A low pressure trough and moist air mass has provided many areas of
western Colorado and eastern Utah rain or snow yesterday through this
morning. The exception was the northern areas where little
precipitation fell. The northern San Juan Mountains have fared the
best so far with this storm... with an estimated 4 to 8 inches of new
snowfall. Other areas were generally in the 2 to 5 inch range. The
rain/snow line was down to approximately the 6000 foot level.

********************Storm total snowfall********************

Location storm total time/date comments
                     snowfall of
                     /inches/ measurement

Colorado

... Garfield County...
   Douglas Pass 6.0 541 PM 12/17 dept of highways
   Carbondale 3.0 1045 PM 12/17 trained spotter

... Ouray County...
   4 S Ouray 7.0 1145 PM 12/17 caic
   Ouray 5.5 741 am 12/18 trained spotter
   Ridgway 2.0 957 PM 12/17 public
   3 NNW Ridgway 2.0 1110 PM 12/17 at loghill

... Pitkin County...
   7 ENE Marble 3.1 600 am 12/18 ski area

... San Miguel County...
   2 WSW Telluride 8.0 600 am 12/18 ski area
   Telluride 3.5 500 am 12/18 trained spotter


**********************24 hour snowfall**********************

Location 24 hour time/date comments
                     snowfall of
                     /inches/ measurement

Colorado

... Delta County...
   Paonia 2.1 SSE 2.6 823 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Hotchkiss 7.1 WNW 1.6 726 am 12/18 cocorahs
   park rsvr 1.2 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Hotchkiss 5.1 WNW 1.2 755 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Paonia 1sw 1.0 700 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Hotchkiss 5wnw 0.7 740 am 12/18 unofficial station
   Hotchkiss 4.7 W 0.7 745 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Eckert 1.1 SW 0.5 707 am 12/18 cocorahs

... Dolores County...
   Lizard Head Pass 2.4 800 am 12/18 snotel
   El Diente Peak 1.2 800 am 12/18 snotel

... Eagle County...
   Vail Mountain 3.0 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Avon 1.1 se 1.8 906 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Vail 0.9 WNW 1.7 703 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Vail 2.6 E 1.5 720 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Avon 2n 1.5 600 am 12/18 unofficial station
   Gypsum 1.9 SSW 1.0 729 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Edwards 1.3 WNW 0.7 738 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Wolcott 2.3 N 0.6 530 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Wolcott 2n 0.6 530 am 12/18 unofficial station

... Garfield County...
   Carbondale 0.5 W 1.2 757 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Rifle 0.9 NE 0.5 827 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Glenwood Springs 5.3 0.5 702 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Glenwood Springs .64 0.4 742 am 12/18 cocorahs

... Gunnison County...
   Gothic 3.5 700 am 12/18 unofficial station
   Crested Butte 6.2 N 3.5 736 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Schofield Pass 2.4 800 am 12/18 snotel
   McClure pass 2.4 800 am 12/18 snotel
   north lost trail 2.4 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Butte Mountain 2.4 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Crested Butte 2.0 900 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Cimarron 11.2 S 2.0 737 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Doyleville 2.1 W 0.5 737 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Gunnison 7.9 WSW 0.4 729 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Gunnison 3sw 0.3 800 am 12/18 W co coop site

... Hinsdale County...
   weminuche creek 3.6 800 am 12/18 snotel
   slumgullion 1.2 800 am 12/18 snotel

... La Plata County...
   Bayfield 7.0 N 3.0 811 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Vallecito 2.4 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Stump Lakes 1.2 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Columbus Basin 1.2 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Bayfield 7n 1.0 700 am 12/18 unofficial station
   Durango 4.9 ESE 0.5 803 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Durango 0.5 700 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Bayfield 0.6 WSW 0.5 816 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Hesperus 13.3 SSW 0.4 843 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Durango .35 E 0.1 800 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Ignacio 8e 0.1 700 am 12/18 W co coop site

... Mesa County...
   Mesa Lakes 2.4 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Collbran 2sw 1.6 800 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Mesa 6s 1.5 600 am 12/18 unofficial station
   Glade Park 17w 1.4 800 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Collbran 0.2 ESE 1.1 733 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Collbran 1.1 800 am 12/18 unofficial station
   Mesa 5.7 SSE 1.0 801 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Colorado nm 0.2 836 am 12/18 W co coop site

... Mineral County...
   upper San Juan 2.4 800 am 12/18 snotel

... Montezuma County...
   Mancos 3.6 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Dolores 4.8 ENE 2.0 744 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Mesa Verde np 1.5 700 am 12/18 W co coop site
   sharkstooth 1.2 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Cortez 0.2 800 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Cortez 1.2 SW 0.1 820 am 12/18 cocorahs

... Montrose County...
   Columbine Pass 7.2 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Montrose 7.3 ENE 2.4 759 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Black Canyon np 2.0 800 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Montrose 1.6 E 1.3 701 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Montrose #2 1.0 800 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Montrose 1.2 ESE 1.0 718 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Montrose 2.9 ESE 1.0 839 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Montrose 1.2 WSW 1.0 804 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Montrose 4.0 NW 0.6 733 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Montrose 2.0 SSE 0.2 500 am 12/18 cocorahs

... Ouray County...
   Ouray 5.3 753 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Red Mountain Pass 2.4 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Ridgway 3.3 NNW 2.0 523 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Ridgway 1.6 800 am 12/18 W co coop site

... Pitkin County...
   Ivanhoe 4.5 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Kiln 3.0 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Nast lake 3.0 800 am 12/18 snotel

... Rio Blanco County...
   crosho 1.5 800 am 12/18 snotel

... Routt County...
   Lynx Pass 1.5 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Yampa 5.1 S 0.4 844 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Steamboat Springs 1. 0.3 901 am 12/18 cocorahs

... San Juan County...
   Mineral creek 2.4 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Cascade #2 1.2 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Beartown 1.2 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Cascade 1.2 800 am 12/18 snotel

... San Miguel County...
   Norwood 1.4 W 1.9 738 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Lone Cone 1.2 800 am 12/18 snotel

Utah

... Grand County...
   east Willow Creek 3.0 800 am 12/18 snotel

... San Juan County...
   Buckboard Flat 4.8 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Camp Jackson 3.6 800 am 12/18 snotel
   Monticello #2 2.5 700 am 12/18 E UT coop site
   lasal mountain-low 1.2 800 am 12/18 snotel


**********************24 hour precipitation**********************

Location 24 hour time/date comments
                     precipitation of
                     /inches/ measurement

Colorado

... Delta County...
   Paonia 2.1 SSE 0.24 823 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Paonia 1sw 0.22 700 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Hotchkiss 5.1 WNW 0.15 755 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Hotchkiss 7.1 WNW 0.14 726 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Hotchkiss 5wnw 0.12 740 am 12/18 unofficial station
   Hotchkiss 4.7 W 0.12 745 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Eckert 1.1 SW 0.09 707 am 12/18 cocorahs

... Eagle County...
   Gypsum 1.9 SSW 0.20 729 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Avon 2n 0.10 600 am 12/18 unofficial station
   Avon 1.1 se 0.10 906 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Vail 0.9 WNW 0.07 703 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Vail 2.6 E 0.07 720 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Edwards 1.3 WNW 0.05 738 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Wolcott 2.3 N 0.05 530 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Wolcott 2n 0.05 530 am 12/18 unofficial station

... Garfield County...
   Carbondale 0.5 W 0.12 757 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Glenwood Springs 5.3 0.03 702 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Rifle 0.9 NE 0.02 827 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Glenwood Springs .64 0.02 742 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Rifle 0.01 1100 am 12/18 aviation site

... Gunnison County...
   Gothic 0.20 700 am 12/18 unofficial station
   Crested Butte 6.2 N 0.20 736 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Crested Butte 0.11 900 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Doyleville 2.1 W 0.05 737 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Cimarron 11.2 S 0.05 737 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Gunnison 7.9 WSW 0.02 729 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Gunnison 3sw 0.01 800 am 12/18 W co coop site

... La Plata County...
   Bayfield 7n 0.08 700 am 12/18 unofficial station
   Durango 4.9 ESE 0.05 803 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Durango 0.05 700 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Bayfield 0.6 WSW 0.05 816 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Hesperus 13.3 SSW 0.03 843 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Durango 5s 0.02 800 am 12/18 unofficial station
   Durango .35 E 0.02 800 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Ignacio 8e 0.01 700 am 12/18 W co coop site

... Mesa County...
   Glade Park 17w 0.21 800 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Collbran 2sw 0.17 800 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Palisade 0.17 700 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Fruita 4.5 NNE 0.15 827 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Grand Junction 3.4 N 0.15 649 am 12/18 cocorahs
   grand jct 6ese 0.15 800 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Mesa 6s 0.13 600 am 12/18 unofficial station
   Grand Junction 8nnw 0.13 812 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Grand Junction 0.11 1100 am 12/18 aviation site
   Mesa 5.7 SSE 0.10 801 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Grand Junction 4.1 W 0.10 734 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Collbran 0.2 ESE 0.10 733 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Grand Junction 4.0 W 0.10 707 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Colorado nm 0.08 836 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Mack 5 NW 0.07 730 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Collbran 0.01 800 am 12/18 unofficial station

... Montezuma County...
   Dolores 4.8 ENE 0.22 744 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Cortez 8se 0.14 1100 am 12/18 W co crn site
   Mesa Verde np 0.11 700 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Cortez 0.04 800 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Cortez 1.2 SW 0.04 820 am 12/18 cocorahs

... Montrose County...
   Montrose 7.3 ENE 0.17 759 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Montrose 0.16 1100 am 12/18 aviation site
   Montrose #2 0.15 800 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Montrose 1.6 E 0.15 701 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Montrose 11ene 0.14 1100 am 12/18 W co crn site
   Montrose 1.2 ESE 0.14 718 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Montrose 2.9 ESE 0.14 839 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Black Canyon np 0.12 800 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Montrose 2.0 SSE 0.12 500 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Paradox 2n 0.12 600 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Montrose 1.2 WSW 0.12 804 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Montrose 4.0 NW 0.12 733 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Olathe 3.2 NNE 0.10 646 am 12/18 cocorahs

... Ouray County...
   Ouray 0.32 753 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Ridgway 0.11 800 am 12/18 W co coop site
   Ridgway 3.3 NNW 0.10 523 am 12/18 cocorahs

... Pitkin County...
   Aspen 0.07 1100 am 12/18 aviation site

... Routt County...
   Yampa 5.1 S 0.03 844 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Steamboat Springs 1. 0.01 901 am 12/18 cocorahs

... San Miguel County...
   Norwood 1.4 W 0.12 738 am 12/18 cocorahs

Utah

... Grand County...
   Moab 3.7 ESE 0.14 744 am 12/18 cocorahs
   Moab 1.3 NW 0.10 830 am 12/18 cocorahs
   arches np hqs 0.09 700 am 12/18 E UT coop site

... San Juan County...
   Monticello #2 0.15 700 am 12/18 E UT coop site
   hovenweep nm 0.14 800 am 12/18 E UT coop site


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