Monday, December 15, 2008

Storm warning and a skiing warning

It looks like a biggie. The National Weather Service just posted this update on the big Pacific storm moving into the Four Corners between now and Thursday evening:
...MAJOR WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT THE REGION THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

.ANOTHER STRONG STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON
AND TONIGHT ACCOMPANIED BY A POWERFUL UPPER LEVEL JET WHICH WILL
MOVE OVER THE FOUR CORNERS THIS EVENING. INCREASING PACIFIC
MOISTURE...COMBINED WITH COLD TEMPERATURES AND INSTABILITY WILL
LEAD TO ANOTHER ROUND OF HEAVY SNOW FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN
UTAH AND WESTERN COLORADO THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. THE
HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL ALONG SOUTHWEST FACING SLOPES...ESPECIALLY
ACROSS THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO. STRONG WINDS
WILL ALSO ACCOMPANY THIS STORM.

TRAVEL ACROSS WESTERN COLORADO AND EASTERN UTAH WILL REMAIN HAZARDOUS
FOR MUCH OF THE UPCOMING WEEK.
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST THURSDAY.

A POWERFUL WINTER STORM WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON AND
EVENING. SNOW WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD BY THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE
THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. THERE WILL BE A PERIOD WHERE THE
INTENSITY OF SNOW DECREASES TUESDAY NIGHT...BEFORE ANOTHER SURGE
OF HEAVIER SNOW MOVES BACK IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. TOTAL SNOWFALL
ACCUMULATIONS FROM 2 TO 3 FEET ARE EXPECTED BY EARLY THURSDAY
MORNING.

STRONG SOUTHWEST WINDS FROM 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH
WILL ALSO CAUSE WIDESPREAD BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH LOCAL
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL
MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
Also, a warning for those (us) skiers licking their chops
over this big dump:
A skier was killed in an avalanche at Snowbird Ski Resort
on Sunday after the area had received a foot of snow
over the weekend -- this even after avalanche control
had been done on the area. Watch the report here.
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