NOAA: 2-4 Feet of Snow for Colorado In The Next 3 Days!

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Chris Bilbrey skiing Boundary Bowl at Wolf Creek in Colorado. photo: coloradoski.com
Chris Bilbrey skiing Boundary Bowl at Wolf Creek in Colorado. photo: coloradoski.com

NOAA is calling for 2-4 feet of snow for Colorado in the next 3 days.  NOAA has issued Winter Storm Watches and Winter Storm Warnings all over Colorado.

Colorado’s Front Range is forecast to get the most snow.

“Winter Storm Warning for mountains and higher foothills starting Friday afternoon and going through Saturday into early Sunday.

Mountains/High Foothills: 2 to 4 feet of snow by Sunday morning.  East Slope of Gore Range: 7-14 inches” – NOAA Denver, CO today

image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today

OpenSnow.com’s Joel Gratz agrees with NOAA and is calling for 2-4 feet of snow in the next 3-days as well.

“The heaviest snow will likely fall from Friday afternoon through Sunday midday, and amounts will average around 12 inches with 1-2 feet in the southern mountains and 2-4 feet near and east of the divide.” – Joel Gratz/OpenSnow.com

NOAA is calling for 1-2″ of snow per hour at times during this storm.

* IMPACTS…SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR WILL BE POSSIBLE. – NOAA Denver, CO today

Oh, and Wolf Creek just broke 400″ of snow, they have the most snowfall in CO, they have the deepest snowpack in CO, they have 1-3 feet of snow forecast in the next 3 days, AND they’re RE-OPENING this weekend…

image:  noaa, today
image: noaa, today

WINTER STORM WARNING for COLORADO:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
604 AM MDT THU APR 14 2016

...POTENT STORM MOVING OVER COLORADO THIS WEEKEND...

.A STRONG STORM SYSTEM JUST MOVING INLAND ALONG THE PACIFIC
NORTHWEST COAST WILL TRACK SOUTHEAST AND INTENSIFY INTO ARIZONA
BY LATE FRIDAY. THIS STORM WILL BE VERY SLOW MOVING AND WILL
IMPACT COLORADO WEATHER THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

THE STORM SYSTEM WILL CONTAIN HIGH AMOUNTS OF MOISTURE AND IS
EXPECTED TO PRODUCE HEAVY AMOUNTS OF SNOW OVER THE FRONT RANGE
FOOTHILLS AND THE NORTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS. THE SNOW WILL HAVE
HIGH DENSITY WHICH MAY CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH BROKEN TREE BRANCHES
AND DOWNED POWER LINES.

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 IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY TO 6 AM MDT
SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY TO 6
AM MDT SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH
  SATURDAY AND INTO SUNDAY. THE SNOW COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 FEET OF SNOW CAN BE
  EXPECTED THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY.

* WIND/VISIBILITY...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS AT 15 TO 25 MPH.
  VISIBILITIES LESS THAN ONE MILE WILL BE POSSIBLE IN HEAVY SNOW
  SHOWERS.

* IMPACTS...ROADS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SNOW-COVERED AND SNOW
  PACKED...POSSIBLY LEADING TO ROAD CLOSURES. DENSE AND HEAVY
  SNOW ACCUMULATING ON TREE BRANCHES MAY CAUSE TREES TO FALL...
  OR BRANCHES TO BREAK OFF.
image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today

WINTER STORM WATCH for COLORADO:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
355 AM MDT THU APR 14 2016

GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS-
GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS-
WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-FLAT TOPS-
UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE-
NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
EARLY SUNDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A
WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE THE CITIES OF...ASPEN...VAIL...SNOWMASS...
  CRESTED BUTTE...TAYLOR PARK...MARBLE...BUFORD...TRAPPERS
  LAKE... RIDGWAY...GLADE PARK...TELLURIDE...OURAY...LAKE CITY...
   SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS...MONTICELLO.

* TIMING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN AT LOCATIONS ABOVE 9000 FEET
  ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON WITH RAIN AND SNOW MIXED IN BELOW 9000 FEET.
  SNOW LEVEL WILL LOWER TO MOUNTAIN BASES BY SATURDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...A FOOT OR MORE IS POSSIBLE WITH UP TO TWO
  FEET POSSIBLE IN THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS ABOVE 10000 FEET.

* WINDS...EAST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* VISIBILITY...REDUCED TO UNDER ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES IN
  MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* IMPACTS...SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR WILL BE POSSIBLE.
image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today
 

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