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Current Conditions

  • 32°
  • Clear
  • Wind: SSW 5 mph
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 25°
  • Pressure: 30.28 in. +
  • Heat Index: 28

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5 Day Forecast

  • Friday
  • Fog
  • High: 37 °
  • Low: 14 °
  • Fog
  • Saturday
  • Chance of Snow
  • High: 37 °
  • Low: 19 °
  • Chance of Snow
  • Sunday
  • Snow
  • High: 37 °
  • Low: 30 °
  • Snow
  • Monday
  • Chance of Snow
  • High: 45 °
  • Low: 23 °
  • Chance of Snow
  • Tuesday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 41 °
  • Low: 18 °
  • Partly Cloudy

Forecast for Rifle, Colorado

Updated: 2:00 PM MST on December 19, 2014

  • Friday

    Mostly cloudy. Fog early. High of 36F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Friday Night

    Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 14F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Saturday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of snow. High of 37F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

  • Saturday Night

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow, then snow after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 19F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%.

  • Sunday

    Overcast with snow, then snow and rain in the afternoon. High of 37F with a windchill as low as 14F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60%.

  • Sunday Night

    Overcast with a chance of snow and rain showers. Low of 30F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70% with accumulations up to 2 in. possible.

  • Monday

    Overcast with a chance of snow and a chance of rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 45F. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 70% .

  • Monday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 23F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Partly cloudy. High of 41F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday Night

    Clear. Low of 18F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Partly cloudy. High of 43F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Partly cloudy with a chance of snow. Low of 23F with a windchill as low as 16F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 20% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

  • Thursday

    Overcast with a chance of snow. High of 39F with a windchill as low as 21F. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

  • Thursday Night

    Overcast with a chance of snow. Low of 18F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

  • Friday

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. High of 30F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

  • Friday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 1F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Saturday

    Partly cloudy. High of 21F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    Clear. Low of 9F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Sunday

    Partly cloudy. High of 32F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 9F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Monday

    Overcast. High of 32F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Monday Night

    Clear. Fog overnight. Low of 9F. Winds less than 5 mph.

Severe Weather Alert Descriptions

 Public Information Statement  Statement as of 3:24 PM MST on December 19, 2014


A low pressure trough and moist air mass provided many areas of
western Colorado and eastern Utah rain or snow Wednesday through this
morning. The exception was the northern areas where little
precipitation fell. The northern San Juan Mountains have fared the
best so far with this storm... with an estimated 4 to 8 inches of new
snowfall. Other areas were generally in the 2 to 5 inch range. The
rain/snow line was down to approximately the 6000 foot level.

********************Storm total snowfall********************

Location storm total time/date comments
                     snowfall of
                     /inches/ measurement

Colorado

... Eagle County...
   2 N Avon 2.3 800 am 12/19 0.11 inches swe

... Gunnison County...
   3 N Kebler Pass 10.0 734 PM 12/18 ski area

... Montrose County...
   15 W Montrose 3.5 1200 PM 12/19 swe 0.3 inches

... Ouray County...
   Monument (highway 55 5.0 137 PM 12/18 swe 0.5 inches
   Red Mountain Pass 4.0 137 PM 12/18 swe 0.4 inches

... San Juan County...
   Coal Bank Pass 7.0 139 PM 12/18 swe 0.6 inches
   Molas Pass 3.0 138 PM 12/18 swe 0.3 inches


**********************24 hour snowfall**********************

Location 24 hour time/date comments
                     snowfall of
                     /inches/ measurement

Colorado

... Delta County...
   overland rsvr 1.5 800 am 12/19 snotel
   Paonia 2.1 SSE 0.6 843 am 12/19 cocorahs

... Dolores County...
   Northdale 1.0 630 am 12/19 W co coop site

... Eagle County...
   Vail 0.9 WNW 3.2 712 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Avon 2n 2.3 600 am 12/19 unofficial station
   Vail 2.6 E 2.3 657 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Vail Mountain 1.5 800 am 12/19 snotel
   Wolcott 2.3 N 0.6 537 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Wolcott 2n 0.6 530 am 12/19 unofficial station

... Garfield County...
   Bison Lake 1.5 800 am 12/19 snotel
   Shoshone 1.5 1000 am 12/19 W co coop site
   Glenwood Springs .64 1.2 731 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Rifle .96 NNW 0.5 901 am 12/19 cocorahs

... Gunnison County...
   McClure pass 3.0 800 am 12/19 snotel
   Cimarron 11.2 S 2.0 817 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Gothic 1.5 700 am 12/19 unofficial station
   Schofield Pass 1.5 800 am 12/19 snotel
   Crested Butte 6.2 N 1.5 751 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Gunnison 3sw 0.2 800 am 12/19 W co coop site

... Hinsdale County...
   slumgullion 1.5 800 am 12/19 snotel

... La Plata County...
   Bayfield 7.0 N 1.0 814 am 12/19 cocorahs

... Mesa County...
   Mesa 6s 2.5 600 am 12/19 unofficial station
   Collbran 2sw 0.7 800 am 12/19 W co coop site
   Grand Junction 0.5 1100 am 12/19 aviation site
   Colorado nm 0.3 830 am 12/19 W co coop site
   Grand Junction 4.1 W 0.1 710 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Glade Park 17w 0.1 800 am 12/19 W co coop site
   Grand Junction 4.0 W 0.1 739 am 12/19 cocorahs

... Montezuma County...
   Mancos 1.5 800 am 12/19 snotel

... Montrose County...
   Montrose 7.2 SSE 2.0 633 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Montrose 2.9 ESE 0.5 715 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Montrose 1.6 E 0.3 658 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Montrose 1.2 ESE 0.2 717 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Montrose 4.0 NW 0.1 826 am 12/19 cocorahs

... Ouray County...
   Ridgway 0.8 800 am 12/19 W co coop site
   Ouray 0.3 719 am 12/19 W co coop site

... Rio Blanco County...
   Burro Mountain 1.5 800 am 12/19 snotel

... Routt County...
   Rabbit Ears 1.5 800 am 12/19 snotel
   stmboat spgs 1se 0.6 659 am 12/19 unofficial station
   Steamboat Springs 1 0.6 825 am 12/19 cocorahs


**********************24 hour precipitation**********************

Location 24 hour time/date comments
                     precipitation of
                     /inches/ measurement

Colorado

... Delta County...
   Paonia 2.1 SSE 0.05 843 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Paonia 1sw 0.05 700 am 12/19 W co coop site
   Hotchkiss 5.1 WNW 0.02 708 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Hotchkiss 7.1 WNW 0.02 755 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Eckert 1.1 SW 0.01 709 am 12/19 cocorahs

... Dolores County...
   Northdale 0.14 630 am 12/19 W co coop site

... Eagle County...
   Vail 0.9 WNW 0.15 712 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Vail 2.6 E 0.11 657 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Avon 2n 0.11 600 am 12/19 unofficial station
   Wolcott 2.3 N 0.06 537 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Wolcott 2n 0.06 530 am 12/19 unofficial station
   Basalt 5.8 E 0.03 725 am 12/19 cocorahs

... Garfield County...
   Glenwood Springs .64 0.13 731 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Shoshone 0.05 1000 am 12/19 W co coop site
   Carbondale 0.5 W 0.04 652 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Glenwood Springs 5.3 0.03 710 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Rifle .96 NNW 0.03 901 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Rifle 0.02 1100 am 12/19 aviation site

... Gunnison County...
   Gothic 0.08 700 am 12/19 unofficial station
   Crested Butte 6.2 N 0.08 751 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Cimarron 11.2 S 0.05 817 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Gunnison 0.8 NNW 0.01 858 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Gunnison 3sw 0.01 800 am 12/19 W co coop site

... Mesa County...
   Mesa 6s 0.13 600 am 12/19 unofficial station
   Colorado nm 0.09 830 am 12/19 W co coop site
   Collbran 2sw 0.06 800 am 12/19 W co coop site
   Grand Junction 0.03 1100 am 12/19 aviation site
   Grand Junction 4.1 W 0.03 710 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Grand Junction 4.0 W 0.02 739 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Glade Park 17w 0.01 800 am 12/19 W co coop site

... Montezuma County...
   Cortez 0.04 1100 am 12/19 aviation site

... Montrose County...
   Montrose 7.2 SSE 0.14 633 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Paradox 2n 0.06 600 am 12/19 W co coop site
   Montrose 2.9 ESE 0.03 715 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Montrose 11ene 0.02 1100 am 12/19 W co crn site
   Montrose 1.6 E 0.02 658 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Montrose 1.2 WSW 0.02 805 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Montrose 1.2 ESE 0.01 717 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Olathe 3.2 NNE 0.01 603 am 12/19 cocorahs
   Montrose 4.0 NW 0.01 826 am 12/19 cocorahs

... Ouray County...
   Ridgway 0.03 800 am 12/19 W co coop site
   Ouray 0.01 719 am 12/19 W co coop site

... Pitkin County...
   Aspen 0.03 1100 am 12/19 aviation site

... Rio Blanco County...
   Meeker 0.02 1100 am 12/19 aviation site

... Routt County...
   stmboat spgs 1se 0.03 659 am 12/19 unofficial station
   Steamboat Springs 1 0.03 825 am 12/19 cocorahs

... San Miguel County...
   Slick Rock 1.3 N 0.07 808 am 12/19 cocorahs

Utah

... Grand County...
   Castle Valley 0.6 W 0.01 854 am 12/19 cocorahs



Personal Weather Stations

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Location: RAWS RIFLE CO US, Rifle, CO

Updated: 5:51 PM MST

Temperature: 28 °F Dew Point: 23 °F Humidity: 80% Wind: SW at 6 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 21 °F Graphs

Location: Taughenbaugh Mesa, Rifle, CO

Updated: 6:29 PM MST

Temperature: 30.4 °F Dew Point: 24 °F Humidity: 78% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.15 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 30 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest NWCSLE CO US UPR, New Castle, CO

Updated: 5:35 PM MST

Temperature: 34 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 34 °F Graphs

Location: New Castle, CO

Updated: 6:16 PM MST

Temperature: 32.9 °F Dew Point: 27 °F Humidity: 79% Wind: West at 2.0 mph Pressure: 30.34 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 33 °F Graphs

Location: MAIN ELK, New Castle, CO

Updated: 6:28 PM MST

Temperature: 28.7 °F Dew Point: 25 °F Humidity: 85% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.31 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 29 °F Graphs

Location: HADS GLENWOOD SPRINGS CO US NWS, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 6:00 PM MST

Temperature: 35 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 35 °F Graphs

Location: Eagalite, Collbran, CO

Updated: 6:29 PM MST

Temperature: 25.6 °F Dew Point: 23 °F Humidity: 89% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.36 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 26 °F Graphs

Location: RAWS STORM KING MOUNTAIN CO US, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 5:58 PM MST

Temperature: 20 °F Dew Point: 19 °F Humidity: 94% Wind: WNW at 2 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 20 °F Graphs

Location: RAWS DEEP CREEK CO US, New Castle, CO

Updated: 5:55 PM MST

Temperature: 15 °F Dew Point: 13 °F Humidity: 91% Wind: SW at 2 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 15 °F Graphs

Location: Transfer Trail, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 6:25 PM MST

Temperature: 32.4 °F Dew Point: 25 °F Humidity: 75% Wind: North at - Pressure: 34.60 in Hourly Precipitation: - Windchill: 32 °F Graphs

MSN Maps of:

Temp: Dew Point: Humidity Wind Pressure Hr Precip -

NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado 
347 PM MST Friday Dec 19 2014 


Short term...(tonight through Saturday night) 
issued at 229 PM MST Friday Dec 19 2014 


A weak disturbance and low-level instability generated areas of 
light snow this morning across west-central and northwest Colorado. 
We received 0.5 inch of snow here at the gjt weather office...the 
first measurable snow at the office so far this season. 


Most of the area will remain dry tonight through Saturday afternoon. 
Warm advective high clouds were moving in this afternoon ahead of a 
weak wave that will cross tonight. Another Pacific trough and its 
associated surface cold front was pushing across through the Pacific northwest 
and western Great Basin this afternoon. Q-g diagnostics showed this 
wave weakening considerably by the time it crosses western Colorado Sat 
morning for scattered light snow across the northern mountains Sat. May 
see a few flakes around Meeker...Craig to Steamboat spgs as the 
westerly flow encounters the higher terrain. These waves will not be 
strong enough to flush out the eastern Uinta Basin where low clouds 
will hang on. 


A strong and moist Pacific jet punches into Washington/or with 310k and 315k 
isentropic fields showing the initial moisture push reaching NE 
Utah/northwest Colorado Sat night in warm advection/isentropic upglide. Made only 
minor changes to the current pop grids which have snow becoming 
widespread across the northern mountains after midnight Sat night and 
spreading into the central mountains by 12z Sunday. Likely to see some 
light snow in the Craig/Meeker/Steamboat areas by 12z Sunday as 
well. In contrast...only a chance of light snow for the eastern 
Uinta Mountains Sat night in the shadow of the higher mountains to their 
west. 


Long term...(sunday through friday) 
issued at 229 PM MST Friday Dec 19 2014 


Two storms are still timed to impact the region Sunday though 
Monday and then again Christmas day. Details for the weekend 
storm are better resolved favoring the north...especially the northwest 
Colorado mountains...with significant snowfall. Current highlights are in 
good shape though surrounding mountain zones look like they may reach 
advisory snow amounts. 


Sunday in mild northwest flow...moisture deepens over the forecast area. 
700mb specific humidities climb to 4 g/kg over the north. Snow 
levels will be a challenge expected to rise to around 7kft in the 
afternoon. Orographics is the main forcing mechanism. Dendritic 
Crystal growth region is near saturation but is high at around 
15-17kft mean sea level. So have kept the high probability of precipitation for Sunday but lowered 
snow accumulations somewhat. 


Sunday night-Monday jet support noses in from the northwest with cold 
advection lowering 700mb temperatures from -6 to -10. Dendritic layer 
lowers to around 11kft mean sea level. The GFS is producing over a foot of 
snow over the park Gore Flat Top ranges through these periods. 
Monday night...northwest Colorado snowfall is expected to diminish but 
not necessarily end. Winter highlights could be potentially be 
extended into this period for the northwest Colorado mountains 


Highly amplified West Coast ridge amplifies inland Tuesday into 
Wednesday. 


By Thursday the next northern Pacific wave works into the Great 
Basin. The ec is deeper and colder with this system while the GFS 
keeps most of its energy in the northern rockies. Confidence is 
high for the northern zones to receive some snowfall into 
Friday...while confidence lowers somewhat into the central and 
southern zones. Snow levels start out high on Christmas day then 
lower overnight. Highlights are expected. 


&& 


Aviation...(for the 00z tafs through 00z Saturday evening) 
issued at 347 PM MST Friday Dec 19 2014 


Low level moisture continues to hang out across eastern Utah and 
western Colorado this afternoon. However enough mixing with 
instability aloft is in place that kvel is the only location left 
with MVFR ceilings. With this moisture rooted in the basin expect 
these conditions to hold through the night into tomorrow morning. 
High cloudiness will be drifting through in waves with a break 
late this evening through early morning. Not entirely confident on 
what will happen in the break as far as fog or cloud formation. 
For now will keep optimistic forecast going. 


&& 


Gjt watches/warnings/advisories... 
Colorado...Winter Storm Watch from Sunday afternoon through Monday 
afternoon for coz008. 


Winter Storm Watch from late Saturday night through Monday 
afternoon for coz004-013. 


Winter Storm Watch from Sunday morning through Monday afternoon 
for coz005-010. 


Utah...none. 
&& 


$$ 


Short term...jad 
long term...Joe 
aviation...tgjt 






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