Colorado ski resorts already saw up to 17″ of snow as of this morning.
The storm is forecast to rage on until Sunday with up to 12-24″ of snow falling today:
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...AN ADDITIONAL ONE TO TWO FEET CAN BE EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT. - NOAA Denver, CO today
“A strong and slow moving storm system will bring significant precipitation to much of Colorado through tonight. Heavy snow will continue in the mountains and foothills through this evening with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. On the plains, a wet and heavy snow, mixed with rain at times north of Denver, will continue through this evening. The snow is expected to weigh down and snap some tree limbs, possibly causing power outages and structure damage. Travel will be difficult in the mountains and foothills, with possible road closures. In the I-25 corridor, some snow and slush may accumulate on roads, especially during periods of heavier snowfall. On the eastern plains, mainly rain will fall and will be heavy at times. Snow will become lighter by Sunday morning, but a few showers will linger through at least Tuesday. It will turn drier and warmer by Thursday and Friday with a return to above normal temperatures.” – NOAA Denver, CO today
It’s going to be a great weekend in Colorado.
Even Wolf Creek re-opened this weekend just for this storm and they now have over 400″ of snowfall this season.
WINTER STORM WARNING for COLORADO:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO 439 AM MDT SAT APR 16 2016 ...STRONG AND POTENT STORM WILL MOVE ACROSS COLORADO THIS WEEKEND... .A STRONG STORM SYSTEM OVER THE FOUR CORNERS AREA WILL MOVE VERY LITTLE TODAY CONTINUING TO BRING HIGH AMOUNTS OF MOISTURE INTO THE AREA. HEAVY AMOUNTS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE OVER THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS AND THE NORTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS...SPREADING OVER THE PLAINS. THE HEAVY SNOW WILL LIKELY CAUSE TREE LIMBS TO BREAK WHICH MAY CONTRIBUTE TO DOWN POWER LINES AND POWER OUTAGES. SNOWFALL RATES MAY BE 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR THIS MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL DECREASE TONIGHT WITH LIGHT SNOW REMAINING SUNDAY. SOUTH AND EAST JACKSON/LARIMER/NORTH AND NORTHEAST GRAND/ NORTHWEST BOULDER COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET- SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST GRAND/WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST BOULDER/ GILPIN/CLEAR CREEK/SUMMIT/NORTH AND WEST PARK COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET-LARIMER AND BOULDER COUNTIES BETWEEN 6000 AND 9000 FEET- JEFFERSON AND WEST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET/GILPIN/CLEAR CREEK/NORTHEAST PARK COUNTIES BELOW 9000 FEET- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CAMERON PASS... LARAMIE AND MEDICINE BOW MOUNTAINS...RABBIT EARS RANGE... ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK...WILLOW CREEK PASS... BERTHOUD PASS...BRECKENRIDGE...EAST SLOPES MOSQUITO RANGE... EAST SLOPES SOUTHERN GORE RANGE...EISENHOWER TUNNEL... INDIAN PEAKS...KENOSHA MOUNTAINS...MOUNT EVANS... WILLIAMS FORK MOUNTAINS...WINTER PARK...ESTES PARK...GLENDEVEY... NEDERLAND...RED FEATHER LAKES...BAILEY...CENTRAL CITY... EVERGREEN...GEORGETOWN...IDAHO SPRINGS...WESTCREEK ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT SUNDAY... * TIMING...MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL FALL INTO THIS EVENING. THE SNOW WILL THEN DECREASE TO LIGHT SNOW BY SUNDAY. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...AN ADDITIONAL ONE TO TWO FEET CAN BE EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT. * WIND/VISIBILITY...NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH. VISIBILITY WILL FALL TO A HALF MILE OR LESS IN HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. * IMPACTS...ROADS WILL BE SLUSHY AND SNOW COVERED. HEAVY SNOW ON TREE BRANCHES AND POWER LINES MAY CAUSE THEM TO BREAK... POSSIBLY CAUSING POWER OUTAGES. THE SNOW WILL ALSO BE HEAVY TO SHOVEL...AND RESIDENTS SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS TO AVOID OVER- EXERTION WHILE SHOVELING.