NOAA: Winter Storm Warning Issued For Southwest Colorado | Up To 18" Forecasted

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NOAA: Winter Storm Warning Issued For Southwest Colorado | Up To 18" Forecasted

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NOAA: Winter Storm Warning Issued For Southwest Colorado | Up To 18" Forecasted

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The calm before the storm | Photo: Telluride Mountain Resort

Southwest Colorado is off to a bomber season and it’s about to get better as a winter storm warning is in effect from Thursday afternoon through Saturday at midnight.

Related: Resorts On The Mountain Collective Are Boasting Some MASSIVE Snow Depths!

Two systems will sweep through Southwest Colorado this weekend with light snow starting this afternoon. Expect steady snowfall through Friday night, with the second wave bringing more snow to the region as temps drop. Telluride Mountain Resort, Silverton Mountain and Wolf Creek will see similar snowfall with Wolf Creek grabbing the lion’s share of nukeage.

“The mountains of southwest Colorado will be favored for heavy snow, where 10 to 18 inches will fall by late Saturday.” – NWS Grand Junction

Look for Saturday to be an all time storm day at Telluride Mountain Resort with leftovers continuing into next week.

Forecasted Snowfall Totals:

  • Wolf Creek: 21″
  • Telluride Mountain Resort: 18″
  • Silverton: 12″

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Winter Storm Warning

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THISAFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT MST SATURDAY NIGHT…

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE THE CITIES OF…RIDGWAY…GLADE PARK…TELLURIDE… OURAY… LAKE CITY.

* TIMING…LIGHT SNOW BEGINS TO SPREAD ACROSS HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE PLATEAU THIS AFTERNOON BECOMING MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNRISE ON FRIDAY. A DOWNWARD TREND IN PRECIPITATION WILL OCCUR FROM TIME TO TIME OVER SOME AREAS DURING THE DAY FRIDAY. THE NEXT SYSTEM QUICKLY ARRIVES BY FRIDAY EVENING WITH SNOW CONTINUING THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION…10 TO 14 INCHES MAINLY OVER 8000 FEET.

* WINDS…SOUTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADWAYS WILL BE SLUSHY TO SNOW PACKED BY THIS EVENING
LEADING TO WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS THROUGH THE WEEKEND. VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED TO UNDER A HALF MILE AT TIMES WITH MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW RATES OCCURRING.

 

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