RIDGWAY — Ouray County officials said today that they expect salvage contractors to arrive at the Ridgway Reservoir this evening and tomorrow to plan recovery actions Thursday to remove the downed aircraft. They also said they are aware of new weather advisories forecasting high winds and thunderstorms over the area beginning Wednesday.
The National Weather Service issued a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” this afternoon stating a series of series of fast moving Pacific storm systems will bring strong winds and scattered thunderstorms over the Ridgway area on Wednesday.
The NWS said “strong winds and scattered to numerous showers on Wednesday will be followed by more rain and mountain snowfall Wednesday night through early Friday. Snow levels will initially start between 8,000 and 9,000 feet but gradually lower as cooler temperatures sweep into the region later this week.”
Wind speeds from 15 to 30 miles-per-hour with frequent gusts up to 40 miles-per-hour is being forecasted by the NWS for the region including the recovery area of the downed aircraft in the Ridgway reservoir.
Across much of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah this may result in some area of blowing dust and lowered visibilities, the NWS reported.
“Showers increase Wednesday afternoon with winds switching to the northeast Wednesday night as a cold front sweeps through. This will usher in cooler temperatures along with more widespread mountain snowfall Wednesday night and Thursday. Snowfall accumulations above 9,000 feet may exceed 10 inches by early Friday morning, focusing on the northern and central mountains and northwest San Juan mountains,” the NWS said.
To monitor the latest forecast visit www.weather.gov/gjt.
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