Winter is back in Colorado in a big way and the Front Range is looking especially snowy this morning.
Right now Arapahoe Basin is still open and reporting 9″ of new snow but the focus of this current storm is currently over Berthoud Pass and Rocky Mountain National Park, where over 3 feet of snow is forecasted above 9,500′ by Saturday morning.
*I-70 is currently closed west of the Eisenhower Tunnel….
LET IT SNOW!
Winter Storm Warning
HEAVY SNOW CONTINUE IN THE MOUNTAINS…NORTHERN FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE I-25 CORRIDOR
A strong and slow moving spring storm will continue to drop heavy snowfall over portions of north central and northeast Colorado today through Friday morning. Snowfall will be especially heavy in the Front Range foothills where snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour are likely.
In lower elevations, areas west of I-25 will also experience periods of moderate to heavy snowfall through Friday morning with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour at times. East of the I-25…snowfall rates and accumulations will be less and much of what falls on paved surfaces today will either be slush or melt. However tonight, precipitation will turn to all snow within the I25 corridor and even farther out on the plains. Snowfall will
likely be heaviest near the foothills and on the Palmer Divide creating hazardous driving conditions. The wet, heavy snowfall will likely cause significant tree damage and create scattered power outages. Snowfall should gradually taper off late on Friday starting in areas south of I-70. Most if not all snow accumulation in the area should end Friday night
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MDT FRIDAY…
* TIMING… Heavy snowfall will continue today and tonight, with snowfall rates to around 2 inches per hour on east facing slopes of the Front Range mountains. Snow should gradually taper off in intensity by Friday afternoon.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…18 to 30 inches, with locally up to 40
inches on east facing slopes above 9500 feet.
* WIND/VISIBILITY…Visibility will fall below a quarter mile in heavy snow.
* IMPACTS…Travel will be difficult if not impossible on high country roads due to the depth of snow. The wet, heavy snow accumulating on leafed out trees will likely result in numerous broken tree limbs and power outages. Auto accidents may also create serious slow downs and even temporary road closures.