Early weather warnings

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MESA, Colo. There's still a lot of snow on the ground but before that storm hit, we had plenty of warning, giving us and plowing crews time to prepare.

But the weather service is only able to give that early heads up with the help of some very high tech equipment.

The crew responsible for keeping the radar and other equipment up-and-running is always hard at work.

Crews start the day in Grand Junction then work their way up to Skyway on the Grand Mesa; then it's another 15 miles up to the radar.

Via snowcat that takes a good hour, but if you take the snowmobiles, that cuts it down to only 30 minutes, and the extra time is definitely needed.

"We gotta check the air conditioners, gotta check the heaters, you gotta check the vents, you gotta change the oil upstairs, gotta check the fire system, gotta check the security alarm, gotta change the filters, generator," says National Weather Service Electronic Technician, Bill Beagley. "Most weather services... the radar, is co-located with the office, because of the Grand Mesa, because of it's location we have to be out on the point of it so that it can hit more area."

A 280-mile radius to be exact, allowing meteorologists to give us plenty of warning about oncoming weather.

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