NOAA: 'Powerful' Pacific Storm To Impact Colorado With OVER A FOOT Forecasted In Some Areas

NOAA: 'Powerful' Pacific Storm To Impact Colorado With OVER A FOOT Forecasted In Some Areas

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NOAA: 'Powerful' Pacific Storm To Impact Colorado With OVER A FOOT Forecasted In Some Areas

Parker ‘the snow dog’ chilling hard in the new snow @LovelandSkiArea | Photo: Dustin Schaefer

  • 5-10″ by Saturday evening

It’s snowing in Colorado, they’re skiing powder @A-Basin, and damn near everyone is ready to call it a day and just go skiing already. Well folks, winter is drawing near and if the forecast turns out to be accurate, we could see upwards of 12″ of new snow on Rabbit Ears by Saturday evening.

By Monday we could see close to 2 feet of new snow according to Powderchasers’ latest forecast. Right now, we’ve got Steamboat and Winter Park pegged as our favorites due to a cold, NW flow that should filter in via what NOAA is referring to as a “powerful pacific jet stream.” 

“A snow advisory has been posted for the mountains of northwest and west central Colorado from 6 PM this evening through 6 PM Saturday. Generally, 6 to 10 inches of snow will fall over the advisory area by late Saturday afternoon. After a quick weather break Saturday night, more unsettled weather will move in for Sunday and Monday.”NWS Grand Junction

LET IT SNOW!

Loveland Pass:

Berthoud Pass:

Rabbit Ears Pass:

Vail Pass:

Winter Weather Advisory

…PERIODS OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW HEADED FOR THE MOUNTAINS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS…

A powerful and moist Pacific jet stream will bring several waves of snow and blowing snow to the mountains. Light snow, mixed with drizzle and even a little freezing drizzle this afternoon will give way to heavier snow this evening. The heavier snow is first expected to develop in the Rabbit Ears Pass and Rocky Mountain National Park area toward 6 PM, and then shift to the I-70 Corridor by 8-10 PM. Snow will continue overnight, before slowly decreasing through the day on Saturday. Strong winds and blowing snow will accompany this system, creating hazardous travel conditions in the Colorado high country, including the I-70 Corridor from Georgetown through Vail Pass.

Travel conditions may improve for late Saturday into Sunday morning, before the next storm arrives Sunday afternoon and continues through Monday with more snow and blowing snow expected.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM MDT SATURDAY…

* WHAT…Snow expected, with the heaviest snow tonight. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 12 inches expected. Winds gusting up to 60 mph over the higher passes.

* WHERE…Rabbit Ears Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park and the Medicine Bow Range and The Mountains of Summit County, the Mosquito Range, and the Indian Peaks.

* WHEN…From 6 PM Friday to 6 PM MDT Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could become very difficult as the heavier snow develops this evening. Areas of blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility.

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