[Cover Photo: Amy Gahran]
According to NOAA, an incoming Blizzard is about to crush the Front Range of Colorado. So far, snowfall projections have the Denver metropolitan area set to receive up to 14″ in a 24 hour period.
While the blizzard’s effects will mainly be seen in the areas east of downtown Denver, forecasts are also calling for significant snowfall in the mountains. Loveland Pass is currently projected to receive a fresh foot of snow by Thursday morning!
However, the winner seems to be Steamboat, where current models are projecting the northern Colorado ski area to receive up to 22″ from this storm alone.
The Top 5 Projected Snowfall Totals
Steamboat Springs – 22″
Loveland Ski Area – 12″
Arapahoe Basin – 12″
Eldora – 11″
…BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MDT THIS
* TIMING…THE SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND SHIFT EAST OVER THE NORTHEAST PLAINS THIS MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW AND STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED FROM DURING THE MORNING THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 14 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS AND STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE FOUND ACROSS THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE METRO AREA AND FURTHER SOUTH ACROSS DOUGLAS AND ELBERT COUNTIES.
* WIND/VISIBILITY…NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH ACROSS THE PLAINS. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES.
* IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS WEDNESDAY MORNING DUE TO SNOW PACKED…SLUSHY…AND ICY ROADS ALONG WITH NEAR ZERO VISIBILITIES. SOME ROAD CLOSURES WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE PLAINS.
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS…MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED…STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.