One of the first lengthy powder cycles of the season continues to rage on throughout the mountains of central and northern Colorado this week with upwards of 20″ forecasted by Friday morning.
The snow is a welcome relief to many Coloradans who are fearing a turbulent fire year. The state is currently holding just 69% of its average snowpack for this time of year.
“Another winter storm will move into the area this evening through Thursday. Snow amounts in the northern and central mountains could approach 2 feet in some spots with most seeing 8 to 16 inches. Winter weather advisories are in effect for the San Juan mountains and other areas of the Yampa Valley.”- NWS Grand Junction
Furthermore NOAA is predicting that areas of central and northern Colorado stay cold and precipitous for the next 10 days. So Colorado has that going for it, which is nice…
Winter Storm Warning:
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE – National Weather Service GRAND JUNCTION CO – 944 AM MST Wed Feb 14 2018
Elkhead and Park Mountains- Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys- West Elk and Sawatch Mountains-Flat Tops- Including the cities of Columbine, Hahns Peak, Toponas, Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, Marble, Buford, and Trappers Lake
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT MST THURSDAY NIGHT…
* WHAT…Heavy snow and blowing snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches, with localized amounts up to 20 inches, are expected.
* WHERE…Elkhead and Park Mountains, Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys, West Elk and Sawatch Mountains and Flat Tops.
* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to midnight MST Thursday night.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Winds gusting as high as 50 mph will cause widespread blowing and drifting snow.