Large Colorado Storm UPGRADED: Blizzard Warning – Winter Storm Warning – Winter Storm Advisory | 6″ for Denver, 16″ for Mountains

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Pin = Arapahoe Basin. ORANGE = Blizzard Warning. LIGHT PINK = Winter Storm Warning. PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory. BRIGHT PINK = Red Flag warning… yes, Colorado is on fire, baby!
Pin = Arapahoe Basin. ORANGE = Blizzard Warning. LIGHT PINK = Winter Storm Warning. PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory. BRIGHT PINK = Red Flag warning… yes, Colorado is on fire, baby!

The large storm headed for Colorado today was upgraded by NOAA this morning.  Both the Blizzard and Winter Storm Watches have been upgraded to Warnings.  The Winter Weather Advisory was hugely expanded to include Denver.  Even Denver is forecast to see 3-6″ of snow from this storm.  The mountains are forecast to see 8-16″ of snow between 6pm today and noon Wednesday.

A STRONG WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT COLORADO TONIGHT THROUGH
WEDNESDAY MORNING. BY LATE TONIGHT...THE STORM SYSTEM WILL BE
MOVING INTO EASTERN COLORADO AND UNDERGO RAPID INTENSIFICATION. 
- NOAA Denver, CO toda

NOAA’s ADVISORY UPGRADES & EXPANSIONS TODAY:

  • Winter Storm Watch upgraded to Winter Storm Warning and hugely expanded to include Lovenland, Arapahoe Basin, & Winter Park
  • Winter Storm Advisory enormously expanded to include Denver
  • Blizzard Watch upgraded to a Blizzard Warning that includes NE Colorado
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The Winter Storm Warning is calling for 8-16” of snow across a large swath of Colorado including Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park, & Eldora.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...8 TO 16 INCHES WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS
  OVER THE GORE RANGE. - NOAA Denver, CO today
LIGHT PINK = Winter Storm Warning today
Pin = Arapahoe Basin ski area.  LIGHT PINK = Winter Storm Warning today

The Winter Weather Advisory is calling for 6-12″ of snow all over Colorado’s mountains including Keystone, Aspen, Telluride, Steamboat Springs, Crested Butte, and even Denver is forecast to see 3-6″ of snow.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...6 TO 12 INCHES MAINLY ABOVE 9500 FEET WITH
  LESSER AMOUNTS EXPECTED TOWARD MOUNTAIN BASES. - NOAA Denver, CO today
Pin = Aspen ski resort. PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory
Pin = Aspen ski resort. PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory

The Blizzard Warning is calling for 3-6″ of snow, high winds, and zero visibility for NE Colorado.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 6 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE.

* WIND/VISIBILITY...NORTH WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH
  LATE TONIGHT...THEN NORTHWEST WINDS 25 TO 40 MPH WEDNESDAY
  MORNING WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE
  VISIBILITIES TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES. - NOAA Denver, CO today
Pin = Fort Morgan. ORANGE = Blizzard Warning.
Pin = Fort Morgan. ORANGE = Blizzard Warning.

• Begin Time: Snow developing later this afternoon initially at elevations above 8000 feet, then lowering to valley floors around mid-evening.
• End Time: Mountains – Snowfall letting up by noon Wednesday
• Lower Elevations – Snowfall letting up around sunrise Wednesday
• Snow Totals: Mountains – 6-12″. Lower mountain Elevations 3-5″ Lower valleys: dusting to an inch
• Heaviest Snowfall Rate: Mid evening to early Wed. morning.
• Blowing Snow: Gusts of 25-40 mph in the mountains with areas of blowing snow.” – NOAA Grand Junction, CO today

Right now, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, & Keystone ski resorts are open in Colorado.  On Wednesday, Copper Mountain & Wolf Creek will open for the season.

After this big storm blows through, we suspect that even more Colorado ski resorts will announce opening dates this week…

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THE 3 SNOW ADVISORIES in

COLORADO TODAY:

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WINTER STORM WARNING for CO TODAY :

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
505 AM MST TUE NOV 10 2015

...A FAST MOVING POTENT STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS NORTH
CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST COLORADO TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING...

.A STRONG WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT COLORADO TONIGHT THROUGH
WEDNESDAY MORNING. BY LATE TONIGHT...THE STORM SYSTEM WILL BE
MOVING INTO EASTERN COLORADO AND UNDERGO RAPID INTENSIFICATION.
RAIN SHOWERS ON THE PLAINS THIS EVENING WILL CHANGE TO SNOW
OVERNIGHT. NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS WILL ALSO INCREASE THROUGH THE
NIGHT...BECOMING STRONG ENOUGH TO CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW
LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. VISIBILITIES ON THE PLAINS
WILL BE NEAR ZERO AT TIMES DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
DRIVING CONDITIONS ON THE PLAINS WILL BECOME EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH ROAD CLOSURES
POSSIBLE DUE TO VERY POOR VISIBILITIES.

WEST JACKSON AND WEST GRAND 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-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...
EAST SLOPES PARK AND NORTHERN GORE RANGES...GORE PASS...
RABBIT EARS 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

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON
MST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM
6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON MST WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING...MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS EVENING AND
  CONTINUE OVERNIGHT BEFORE DECREASING LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...8 TO 16 INCHES WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS
  OVER THE GORE RANGE.

* WIND/VISIBILITY...WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH
  GUSTS TO 35 MPH. EXPOSED AREAS WILL BE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE
  TO SNOW AND STRONG WINDS...WITH VISIBILITIES REDUCED TO LESS
  THAN A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...ROADS WILL BE ICY AND SNOWPACKED ESPECIALLY OVER THE
  MOUNTAIN PASSES.

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for CO TODAY:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
1024 AM MST TUE NOV 10 2015

GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS-
WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO NOON MST WEDNESDAY...

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE THE CITIES OF...ASPEN...VAIL...SNOWMASS...
  CRESTED BUTTE...TAYLOR PARK...MARBLE.

* TIMING...SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP OVER THE HIGHEST TERRAIN BY
  MID AFTERNOON THEN LOWER TO MOUNTAIN BASES BY SUNSET. THE
  HEAVIEST ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED FROM MID EVENING INTO THE
  EARLY MORNING HOURS WHEN NORTHWEST FACING SLOPES WILL BE
  FAVORED.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...6 TO 12 INCHES MAINLY ABOVE 9500 FEET WITH
  LESSER AMOUNTS EXPECTED TOWARD MOUNTAIN BASES.

* WINDS...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* IMPACTS...ROADS WILL BECOME SLICK AND SNOWPACKED...WITH AREAS
  OF REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING SNOW.

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BLIZZARD WARNING for CO TODAY:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
505 AM MST TUE NOV 10 2015

...A FAST MOVING POTENT STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS NORTH
CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST COLORADO TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING...

.A STRONG WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT COLORADO TONIGHT THROUGH
WEDNESDAY MORNING. BY LATE TONIGHT...THE STORM SYSTEM WILL BE
MOVING INTO EASTERN COLORADO AND UNDERGO RAPID INTENSIFICATION.
RAIN SHOWERS ON THE PLAINS THIS EVENING WILL CHANGE TO SNOW
OVERNIGHT. NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS WILL ALSO INCREASE THROUGH THE
NIGHT...BECOMING STRONG ENOUGH TO CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW
LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. VISIBILITIES ON THE PLAINS
WILL BE NEAR ZERO AT TIMES DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
DRIVING CONDITIONS ON THE PLAINS WILL BECOME EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH ROAD CLOSURES
POSSIBLE DUE TO VERY POOR VISIBILITIES.

NORTHEAST WELD COUNTY-MORGAN COUNTY-
CENTRAL AND EAST ADAMS AND ARAPAHOE COUNTIES-
NORTH AND NORTHEAST ELBERT COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/NORTH LINCOLN
COUNTY-LOGAN COUNTY-WASHINGTON COUNTY-SEDGWICK COUNTY-
PHILLIPS COUNTY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BRIGGSDALE...GROVER...PAWNEE BUTTES...
RAYMER...STONEHAM...BRUSH...FORT MORGAN...GOODRICH...WIGGINS...
BENNETT...BYERS...DEER TRAIL...LEADER...AGATE...HUGO...LIMON...
MATHESON...CROOK...MERINO...STERLING...PEETZ...AKRON...COPE...
LAST CHANCE...OTIS...JULESBURG...OVID...SEDGWICK...AMHERST...
HAXTUN...HOLYOKE

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON MST
WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON MST
WEDNESDAY. THE BLIZZARD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL DEVELOP LATE TONIGHT AND
  WILL CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 6 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE.

* WIND/VISIBILITY...NORTH WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH
  LATE TONIGHT...THEN NORTHWEST WINDS 25 TO 40 MPH WEDNESDAY
  MORNING WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH. AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE
  VISIBILITIES TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW WILL ALSO PRODUCE SNOWPACKED AND
  SLICK ROADWAYS...AND SEVERELY RESTRICT VISIBILITIES IN THE MORE
  OPEN AREAS. INTERSTATES 70 AND 76 TO THE EAST AND NORTHEAST OF DENVER
  WILL BE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO STRONG WINDS AND POSSIBLE
  CLOSURES.


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