Current Watches and Warnings
Statement as of 3:53 AM CDT on October 21, 2016
Expires 11:00 AM EDT on October 21, 2016
... Frost advisory remains in effect until 9 am MDT /10 am CDT/
* temperatures... in the upper 20s to mid 30s.
* Timing/duration... through mid morning today.
* Other impacts... a hard freeze is likely for low lying locations
along the Highway 27 corridor.
A frost advisory is issued when frost is expected to develop
during the growing season. Those with agricultural interests in
the advisory area should consider harvesting or protecting tender
vegetation. Also... potted plants normally left outdoors should be
covered or brought inside away from the cold.
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 6:01 AM MDT on October 21, 2016
... Avalanches and freezing precipitation... are you prepared...
Thousands of avalanches occur each winter in the mountains of
Colorado. With the enormous popularity of winter sports in Colorado,
avalanches pose a risk to skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, and
people traveling in the backcountry. On average, 6 people die in
avalanches every year in Colorado alone.
Anyone who travels into the high country during the winter should be
prepared for avalanches and know how to avoid them. The most
important thing to know is how to get information on current
avalanche conditions. Check the Colorado avalanche information
center website at http://avalanche.State.Co.US or call the center at
303-499-9650 for the current avalanche forecast. Check the National
Weather Service website at www.Weather.Gov for the current weather
forecast. Knowing the current and future conditions will help you
make good decisions in the backcountry.
A little information about avalanche safety can go a long way. Most
avalanches occur during or just after snowstorms on slopes between
30 to 45 degrees. A significant snowfall may result in an unstable
snowpack. By waiting at least 36 hours after a big snow or wind
storm before you go into the mountains, the snow may become more
stable and less likely to avalanche. If you stay in valleys, away
from avalanche chutes, in stands of dense trees, or on gentle
slopes, you can decrease the risk of being caught in an avalanche.
While avalanches will not impact the tri-state region, it is
important to remember these helpful hints if you are planning winter
activities in the mountains.
Aside from avalanches, the tri-state region commonly observes a
different type of winter weather hazard: freezing precipitation.
Freezing precipitation in the form of freezing rain, freezing
drizzle and/or freezing fog often creates hazardous travel
conditions. Freezing precipitation results in a thin layer of ice on
area roadways and sidewalks, commonly referred to as black ice.
It is often difficult to detect black ice on roadways until it is
too late. Ice typical forms first on bridges and overpasses as these
surfaces will cool quicker than roadways built on soil. When
freezing precipitation is falling, travel should be avoided if
possible. If travel is necessary, slow down below posted speed
limits, especially on local highways and interstates. Only a thin
layer of ice is needed to cause your vehicle to slide off the
roadway. Slide offs become particularly dangerous at high rates of
Winter weather preparedness week continues through Saturday. Now is
the time to get prepared for winter so you can safely travel and
enjoy the outdoors when the snow flies.
- Alabama - Fire Weather Warning , Record Report
- Alaska - Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement
- Arkansas - Special Statement , Record Report
- California - Fire Weather Warning , Record Report
- Colorado - Freeze Warning , Frost Advisory , Public Information Statement
- Connecticut - Coastal Flood Statement , Record Report
- Delaware - Record Report
- District of Columbia - Record Report
- Florida - Flood Warning , Coastal Flood Statement , Dense Fog Advisory , Beach Hazard Statement , Record Report
- Georgia - Wind Advisory , Lake Wind Advisory , Dense Fog Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Illinois - Flood Warning , Winter Weather Statement
- Indiana - Flood Warning , Record Report
- Iowa - Winter Weather Statement
- Kansas - Frost Advisory , Public Information Statement
- Kentucky - Record Report
- Louisiana - Wind Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report
- Maryland - Coastal Flood Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Michigan - Record Report
- Mississippi - Special Statement , Record Report
- Missouri - Winter Weather Statement
- Nebraska - Frost Advisory , Fire Weather Watch , Public Information Statement
- New Jersey - Record Report
- New Mexico - Freeze Warning
- New York - Areal Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch , Flash Flood Watch , Coastal Flood Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
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- Pennsylvania - Flood Warning, Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning, Flash Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- South Carolina - Flood Warning , Lake Wind Advisory , Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report
- South Dakota - Fire Weather Watch
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- Virginia - Special Statement , Record Report
- Washington - Areal Flood Watch , Special Statement
- West Virginia - Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Wyoming - Fire Weather Watch , Special Statement