Winter storm warning in effect until 6 p.m.
December 8, 2009
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for eastern Utah and western Colorado until 6 p.m. today because of a strong Pacific storm moving in from the four-corners area.
Snow has been falling in Northwest Colorado, with the brunt of the storm having moved through the area Monday night.
Weather service forecaster Jim Daniels said that snow should begin to decrease as early as this afternoon, but light snow and cold temperatures could continue for a few days.
"With the cold air in place, as we get moisture circulating northward, it's going to hit that cold air and keep that snow going," Daniels said.
Temperatures have been below average in the past week, and it still will be a few more days until Moffat County sees temperatures in the 20s and 30s.
He said a cold air mass that moved in last week has lingered longer than usual.
"The way the weather pattern's been, these storms have been coming frequent enough that instead of blowing out the cold air, it reinforces it with some more," he said "But it will warm up the latter half of the week."
Totals for this week's storm could amount to about 4 to 8 inches for the Craig area, and as much as 16 inches in the upper Yampa Valley and Steamboat Springs areas.