No sooner had I pulled out of the car wash than I noticed a nice cell rolling in from the north-northwest. Please understand that my threshold for a "nice cell" is rather low considering the location and time of year. Regardless, it was coming in with earnest and was notably exhibiting a shelf cloud on its front. I attempted to get into a good position for a picture but failed before it was already overhead.
I left the city limits and found myself on a muddy road into the East Fruita Desert. Another cell was rolling over the Roan Plateau to my northeast and was looking rather ominous. The sun was still hitting the cliffs as the storm approached. Note that the promontory is Mount Garfield.
A look back to the southeast, toward the Monument. This is the back side of the original shelf cloud.
The newer cell, upen reaching the edge of the Bookcliffs, began to shelf-out as well. One could imagine a dense pool of cold air virtually spilling off of the edge of the plateau and this is evident in the pictures below.
Please ignore the blurriness of the following picture. I just wanted to illustrate that there were some nice downdrafts with a few of the leading cells. This, I can assure you, is almost all snow (probably graupel) on the foothills of Grand Mesa.
The cells moved through just before golden hour and the clouds cleared enough to get some nice images of my surroundings.
One final look at some hidden storm structure as the evening light coursed in:
I attempted to reposition for better photographic opportunities, but the light faded and so did the storms. Still, it was nice to get out and pursue something meteorological. I could feel a hint of energy in the air and that was certainly a nice reminder that Spring is around the corner.
Largest Hail: None.
Winds Of Consequence: None observed.
Other reports on the date:
Official Storm Reports for January 19th.