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Moderating Temperatures for the East; Developing Storm for the Plains

Temperatures will continue to moderate across the east half of the nation through at least the first half of this week. A developing storm across the Southern Plains may bring some heavy rain from the Plains to the lower Great Lakes region, a wintry mixture and accumulating snow across the Midwest and Upper Mississippi Valley into mid-week. The west remains unsettled with occasional rain and snow. Read More >

Overview

A strong cold front moved through Utah and Colorado on Monday, bringing widespread snowfall and blizzard-like conditions to eastern Utah and western Colorado.

Wind significantly picked up across Utah and Colorado Saturday night and Sunday, with gusts of 50 to 70 mph at mountain passes. The wind became even stronger on Monday as the cold front passed through, with gusts in valleys gusting 40 to 60 mph and a notable recording of 115 mph at nearly 13,000 ft in the San Juans. Snow initially began in southwesterly flow across the high terrain of southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado late Sunday night before the front moved through on Monday. Highway 550 was closed due to hazardous conditions beginning Monday, February 19th at 5:20pm from mile marker 49 to 92 including Red Mountain, Molas, and Coal Bank Passes. Part of this corridor of Highway 550 reopened on Tuesday, February 20th around 11am, with the rest of the corridor reopening just before 1pm on February 20th.

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