Another one of these “panhandle hook storms“ is setting its sights on the front range of Colorado after hitting the San Juans today reports NOAA.
Right now, NOAA is putting its forecasted snowfall totals for Silverton between 5-16″ while Loveland Pass should pick up 8-10″. Snow should arrive in the form of a “upslope” spring storm, bringing rain and snow to Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins while the mountains mostly snowfall.
“The heaviest snow will fall over the southwest Colorado mountains where storm totals will range from 5 to 15 inches before ending tonight” – NWS Grand Junction
Ski areas west of the continental divide will also see snow but those snowfall totals will be shorter in stature.
Let It Snow!
Loveland Pass Forecast:
Winter Weather Advisory [Front Range]
…Another round of snow for the mountains and foothills through Tuesday night…
Snow will continue over the area through late this afternoon before tapering off this evening. The heaviest snowfall is expected along and east of the divide and south of Interstate 70. Elsewhere on the Plains, light snow and a mixture of rain and snow will continue through the morning hours increasing in intensity between 6 and 7 am. Snow will continue through mid day before
tapering off by late afternoon.
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT…
* TIMING…Snow will continue through the morning with light to moderate snowfall possible between 6 and 8 am. The snow will taper off by midday today.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…4 to 10 inches will be possible, with highest amounts east of the divide and south of Interstate 70.
* WIND/VISIBILITY…Heavy snow and north to northeast winds at 10 to 20 mph will reduce visibilities to under one mile at times.
* IMPACTS…Roads will become slushy and snowpacked with the snowfall Monday night into Tuesday night.
Winter Storm Warning [Silverton]
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MDT THIS EVENING…
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE…Silverton, Rico, and Hesperus.
* TIMING…Snowfall, moderate to heavy at times, will continue through Tuesday afternoon. The heaviest snow rates are expected through the early morning.
* SNOW ACCUMULATION…8 to 14 inches with locally higher amounts above 10,000 feet.
* WINDS…South-southwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph, shifting to the north-northwest toward sunrise.
* VISIBILITY…Decreasing to less than 1 mile at times in moderate to heavy snowfall.
* IMPACTS…Higher elevation roads and highways will be icy and snow packed with areas of slushy conditions also expected, especially during the overnight hours.