The last in this (long) series of winter storms is heading toward the Western Slope!
One storm ends and another storm begins with very little distinction between them. On the tail end of the Tuesday/Wednesday storm, light snow has been falling to the lower elevations. Most of the valley floors are wet, but the higher in elevation, (above 6, 0000 feet) the more slick the roadways get. There have been numerous accidents and road closures as a result of these deteriorating conditions. Please be very careful driving and slow down. Repeat, please be careful, slow down and give room and go slow around and near emergency responders and accident personal on scene.
The snow is slowing down, but will begin ramping back up ahead of the final storm of the extended set. Winter Storm Warnings begin December 29, 2021, 11 pm Wednesday night and expire Saturday morning January 1, 2022. The northern, central and southern mountain zones, along with the Grand Mesa and the Uncompahgre Plateau are expecting another 12-24″ of new snow and blowing snow. Travel issues are anticipated through/over these areas. There is a Winter Weather Advisory in place Thursday December 30 through Saturday January 1, 2022. The I-70 corridor from De Beque through GWS will be expecting snow and blowing snow into Saturday morning on the order of 2-6″. The Gunnison valley (including Cerro Summit/Cimarron) are also in the same W.W.A. into Saturday morning January 1, 2022 for an additional 4-8″.
A cold front associated with this final storm passage on Friday will significantly drop our temperatures for the the weekend and the beginning of next week. These will be very cold temperatures. These will be very cold temperatures. The repeat is necessary as Montrose could be too close to 0F and Grand Junction will be in the single digits this weekend! There is the expectation of a storm free weather pattern late Saturday through late Tuesday of next week. There may be more storms for the middle of next week.