Winter Storm Watch

Issued At: Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:03 PM MDT
Expires At: Friday, 19 May 2017, 6:00 PM MDT

Western mosquito range/east lake county above 11000 ft- eastern sawatch mountains above 11000 ft- la garita mountains above 10000 ft- eastern san juan mountains above 10000 ft- pikes peak above 11000 ft- including climax, bonanza, north pass, cumbres pass, wolf creek pass, and pikes peak 903 pm mdt tue may 16 2017 ...winter storm watch remains in effect from wednesday evening through friday afternoon... * location...eastern sawatch mountains and western mosquito range above eleven thousand feet...eastern san juan and la garita mountains above ten thousand feet...pikes peak above eleven thousand feet. * cause and timing...an unseasonably cold storm system will slowly move across the rockies from wednesday night through the day on friday. this system will bring periods of snow to the higher elevations of the continental divide through the eastern mountains wednesday night through friday. the exact track of this storm system remains in question, and could lead to more of less snowfall across the higher terrain. * snow accumulation...storm totals of 10 to 18 inches possible, with locally higher amounts possible. * impact...hazardous travel conditions will be possible with mountain passes becoming icy and snowpacked. precautionary/preparedness actions... a winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. continue to monitor the latest forecasts.