San Juan Mountains Weather Report ~ Thursday November 17, 2016 @ 06:30

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Colorado is about to welcome it’s first winter storm of the season. A strong cold front is moving into western Colorado this morning with prefrontal winds, dropping temperatures and light showers. We could see a 40 degree temperature difference from the unusually warm autumn temps we have been enjoying. Night time temps through Saturday evening should record in the teens and low 20’s.

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Radar echoes showing moderate moisture in the clouds so anticipate snow in the alpine and rain/sleet/snow in the lower valleys this morning. Models vary with snow totals but GFS calling for 3-6″ but I’d be surprised with the high end of snow totals. Northern and central mountains could do better with this storm..

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It’s all over by late tonight then we’ll see clearing skies, warming temperatures and another potential storm on the horizon early next week that may favor the San Juans .. Then a possible Thanksgiving storm … Extended models show a cooling late autumn atmosphere with storms so stay tuned.

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