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Current Conditions

  • 22°
  • Light Snow
  • Wind: Calm
  • Humidity: 89%
  • Visibility: 0.8 miles
  • Dew Point: 19°
  • Pressure: 30.13 in. -

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5 Day Forecast

  • Monday
  • Chance of Snow
  • High: 32 °
  • Low: 10 °
  • Chance of Snow
  • Tuesday
  • Chance of Snow
  • High: 37 °
  • Low: 21 °
  • Chance of Snow
  • Wednesday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 48 °
  • Low: 18 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Thursday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 52 °
  • Low: 21 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Friday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 48 °
  • Low: 21 °
  • Partly Cloudy

Forecast for Rifle, Colorado

Updated: 8:00 AM MST on November 24, 2014

  • Monday

    Overcast with a chance of snow in the morning, then partly cloudy with a chance of snow. High of 32F with a windchill as low as 5F. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 40% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

  • Monday Night

    Overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. Low of 10F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow, then a chance of snow and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 37F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 30% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

  • Tuesday Night

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. Low of 21F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

  • Wednesday

    Partly cloudy. High of 48F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 18F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Thursday

    Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 52F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Thursday Night

    Mostly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 21F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Friday

    Partly cloudy. High of 48F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Friday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 21F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Saturday

    Mostly cloudy. High of 43F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Saturday Night

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

  • Sunday

    Partly cloudy. High of 41F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 18F with a windchill as low as 12F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Monday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 37F with a windchill as low as 9F. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Monday Night

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Fog overnight. Low of 21F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

  • Tuesday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of snow. High of 37F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 30% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

  • Tuesday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 14F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Partly cloudy. High of 34F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 14F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Thursday

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

  • Thursday Night

    Clear. Low of 14F. Winds less than 5 mph.

Severe Weather Alert Descriptions

 Special Weather Statement  Statement as of 10:47 am MST on November 20, 2014


... Strong winter storm is possible this weekend...

The first in a series of Pacific weather systems will move across
the region today followed by a second disturbance passing to the
south on Friday. No significant snowfall is expected from these
two disturbances.

However... a third and much stronger Pacific storm will arrive
Saturday and could bring significant mountain snowfall through the
weekend. The valleys of western Colorado and eastern Utah may also
see some snow.

For elevations above 9000 feet in the northwest and central
mountains of western Colorado... early indicators suggest that more
than 12 inches of snow could fall within a 24-hour period Saturday
evening through Sunday night. For other mountain areas... 6 to 12
inches of snow are possible. Considerable blowing and drifting
snow will accompany the heavy snowfall possibly resulting in near
whiteout conditions over the mountain passes.

Periods of snow may continue from Sunday afternoon through Tuesday
as favorable northwesterly flow sets up. More significant snowfall
and gusty winds above timberline may continue.

Anyone planning travel or outdoor activities into the high country
this weekend and early next week should monitor the latest forecasts.
Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather... especially
Saturday afternoon and evening. Visit www.Weather.Gov/gjt for the
latest information on this developing winter storm.



Personal Weather Stations

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Location: RAWS RIFLE CO US, Rifle, CO

Updated: 6:51 AM MST

Temperature: 20 °F Dew Point: 17 °F Humidity: 89% Wind: ESE at 1 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 20 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest LACY CO US UPR, Rifle, CO

Updated: 6:25 AM MST

Temperature: 28 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 28 °F Graphs

Location: Taughenbaugh Mesa, Rifle, CO

Updated: 7:36 AM MST

Temperature: 21.6 °F Dew Point: 18 °F Humidity: 86% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.04 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 22 °F Graphs

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

Updated: 6:10 AM MST

Temperature: 25 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 25 °F Graphs

Location: New Castle, CO

Updated: 7:32 AM MST

Temperature: 23.6 °F Dew Point: 22 °F Humidity: 93% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.33 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 24 °F Graphs

Location: MAIN ELK, New Castle, CO

Updated: 7:36 AM MST

Temperature: 21.5 °F Dew Point: 20 °F Humidity: 92% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.27 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 22 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest UNA CO US UPR, Parachute, CO

Updated: 5:45 AM MST

Temperature: 28 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 28 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest CHACRA CO US UPR, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 5:55 AM MST

Temperature: 28 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 28 °F Graphs

Location: Eagalite, Collbran, CO

Updated: 7:36 AM MST

Temperature: 23.3 °F Dew Point: 20 °F Humidity: 87% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.32 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 23 °F Graphs

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

Updated: 6:58 AM MST

Temperature: 12 °F Dew Point: 9 °F Humidity: 88% Wind: NW at 7 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 1 °F Graphs

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

Updated: 6:55 AM MST

Temperature: 9 °F Dew Point: 6 °F Humidity: 86% Wind: SSW at 3 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 9 °F Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado 
343 am MST Monday Nov 24 2014 


Short term...(today through tuesday) 
issued at 343 am MST Monday Nov 24 2014 


Active weather continues over the next two days as a couple of 
different mechanisms aid in the changing of the current weather 
pattern. First...a weather system seen on satellite currently 
reaching into northwest Colorado will bring another burst of snow 
to the northcentral and central mountains of western Colorado 
today. The system today will be drier than that seen over the 
weekend...but with cold air advection still occurring...snow 
ratios are expected to be relatively high so continued winter 
storm warnings for additional snowfall today. 


A second system riding the jet stream is moving onshore Washington 
state this morning and will quickly make its way southeast to the 
Great Basin by Tuesday morning as the jet stream shifts east. This 
system on Tuesday will pack similar moisture to the storm this 
past weekend...above 3.2 k/g...however warm air advecting in aloft 
will keep lapse rates small...so the development of precipitation 
will be quite reliant on orographic lifting. Therefore...am 
anticipating the northcentral mountains once again to receive the 
bulk of snowfall and amounts will be in the 5 to 10 inch range 
with 12+ at the highest locations. 


Long term...(tuesday night through sunday) 
issued at 343 am MST Monday Nov 24 2014 


Moist northwest flow will continue to bring snow to the northern 
and portions of the central mountains Tuesday night through 
midday Wednesday. Lift provided almost solely by orographics 
driven by a vigorous westerly 7h flow. Gentle lapse rates will 
inhibit more productive snowfall...but still expect decent 
accumulations totaling 5 to 10 inches with locally higher amounts 
by noon on Wednesday. Blowing snow will limit visibility in these 
areas which could make the passes difficult to traverse at times. 
Given expected snow accumulations and impacts due to blowing snow 
a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued which spans the period 
from 9 am Tuesday to noon on Wednesday. 


A few showers may linger over the peaks of the northern mountains 
Wednesday afternoon. Dry conditions will prevail from Thanksgiving 
through the weekend as a Flat Ridge forms over the area. Per 
previous discussions...temperatures will be near normal at 
midweek...rising a few degrees above normal by the end of the 
week. 


&& 


Aviation...(for the 12z tafs through 12z Tuesday morning) 
issued at 343 am MST Monday Nov 24 2014 


Snow will continue over the Colorado Divide mountains throughout 
the day before decreasing tonight. As a result...expect widespread 
mountain obscuration from the Elkhead range to the San Juan 
Mountains in the south. Snow will impact kril...kege...kase...and 
ktex bringing about periods of IFR and even LIFR ceilings and visibility. 
Chances for precipitation are pretty slim for other taf sites 
across the region. 


&& 


Gjt watches/warnings/advisories... 


Colorado...Winter Weather Advisory from 9 am Tuesday to noon MST Wednesday 
for coz004-010-013. 


Winter Storm Warning until 6 PM MST this evening for coz004-005- 
010-013. 


Utah...none. 


&& 


$$ 


Short term...jam 
long term...no layers 
aviation...no layers 






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