For the western 1/3 of the state:
... Winter weather set to make an appearance this weekend...
A long awaited change to the large-scale weather pattern appears in
store this weekend that will bring colder temperatures to eastern
Utah and western Colorado... and a shot of snow to many locations as
A cold storm system will drop out of the Gulf of Alaska on Friday
and swing across the northern rockies into the Dakotas on Saturday.
A trailing cold front will reach northeast Utah and northwest
Colorado Saturday... bringing measurable snowfall to the northern
mountains. Strong gusty westerly winds will also create areas of
Accumulating snowfall will also spread across the central and
southern mountains Saturday night as a second disturbance drive
the cold front through our area. Many central and northern valleys
stand a good chance of seeing some snow fall as well... as snow
levels quickly drop to valley floors behind the front. The cold
northwesterly flow will keep some snow showers over the western
Colorado mountains on Sunday.
After the unseasonably mild temperatures of late... the weekend
storm will bring a sharp change to colder temperatures. High
temperatures on Sunday could be as much as 15 to 20 degrees colder
than on Friday. Low temperatures Sunday night are likely to be in
the teens and single digits across the entire area.
Snowfall this weekend is expected to favor the northern and central
mountains... especially on the northwest and north facing slopes.
Northerly flow Saturday night into Sunday... however... may also bring
increased snowfall as far south as the northwest San Juan Mountains.
Forecast confidence is beginning to increase in the bigger
picture... yet uncertainty continues with many important details such
as the storm/S eventual strength and track. Please monitor the
latest statements and forecasts through local media... the Grand
Junction National Weather Service web site atwww.Weather.Gov..
. and our facebook Page.