Winter Storm Warning in Colorado Expanded to Include All 7 Open CO Ski Resorts | Blizzard Warning for Denver

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This morning, NOAA expanded the Winter Storm Warning for Colorado to include all 7 of Colorado’s currently open ski resorts (see list of open CO resorts below) 10-20″ of snow is expected at all of these open ski resorts between today and 8am Tuesday.

“Significant snow accumulations are expected in the southern and central mountains and some adjacent higher valley locations, where numerous winter weather highlights are in effect.” – NOAA Grand Junction, CO today

NOAA has also issued a Blizzard Warning for Denver that is calling for 6-10″ of snow in the city of Denver with zero visibility.

“Some locations east and southeast of Denver will receive a foot of snow and wind gusts to 60 mph.” – NOAA Denver, CO today

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A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the mountains of Colorado today.   NOAA is forecasting 10-20″ of snow today – Tuesday.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...10 TO 20 INCHES OF NEW SNOW WILL BE
  POSSIBLE BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. - NOAA Denver, CO today
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A Blizzard Warning will be in effect from 8pm this evening until 2pm Tuesday in the city of Denver.  Denver should expect drifting heavy snow that will create zero visibility conditions today and tomorrow.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 10
  INCHES...WITH UP TO 14 INCHES IN A BAND FROM DOUGLAS COUNTY TO
  BETWEEN LIMON AND AKRON. - NOAA Denver, CO today

 

THE WORST CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR FROM THE SOUTHERN AND
EASTERN SECTIONS OF THE DENVER METRO AREA EAST TOWARDS LIMON AND
AKRON. IN THESE AREAS ROAD CLOSURES ARE LIKELY DUE TO WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS AND DRIFTING OF HEAVY SNOW. SOME PLACES MAY RECEIVE
OVER A FOOT OF SNOW ALONG WITH WIND GUSTS TO 60 MPH. - NOAA Denver, CO today
Pin = Breckenridge, CO.  ORANGE = Blizzard Warning.  PINK = Winter Storm Warning.  PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory
Pin = Breckenridge, CO. ORANGE = Blizzard Warning. PINK = Winter Storm Warning. PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory

Colorado has 7 ski resorts currently open (24 ski resorts open in North America right now) and all of them are under this Winter Storm Warning and expecting to see 10-20″ of new snow in the next 2 days.

This storm will likely get more Colorado ski resorts open this week…

SKI RESORTS OPEN in COLORADO RIGHT NOW:

  • Loveland
  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Keystone
  • Copper Mountain
  • Aspen
  • Breckenridge
  • Wolf Creek
RED = 100% snow probability today/tomorrow.
RED = 100% snow probability today/tomorrow.

WINTER STORM WARNING for COLORADO TODAY:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
557 AM MST MON NOV 16 2015

...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ACROSS MUCH OF THE NORTHEAST COLORADO
PLAINS TONIGHT AND TUESDAY WITH AREAS OF HEAVY SNOW IN THE
MOUNTAINS...

.A STRONG WINTER STORM WILL MOVE ACROSS COLORADO TONIGHT AND INTO
WESTERN KANSAS BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE STORM WILL PRODUCE HEAVY
SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS AND THEN SNOW...AND VERY STRONG WINDS ON THE
PLAINS. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP IN AREAS ROUGHLY ALONG
AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 76 LATE TONIGHT...WITH CONDITIONS
IMPROVING FROM WEST TO EAST DURING THE DAY TUESDAY. WINTER TRAVEL
CONDITIONS CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS BY THIS AFTERNOON.

THE WORST CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR FROM THE SOUTHERN AND
EASTERN SECTIONS OF THE DENVER METRO AREA EAST TOWARDS LIMON AND
AKRON. IN THESE AREAS ROAD CLOSURES ARE LIKELY DUE TO WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS AND DRIFTING OF HEAVY SNOW. SOME PLACES MAY RECEIVE
OVER A FOOT OF SNOW ALONG WITH WIND GUSTS TO 60 MPH. IN AREAS
NORTH OF INTERSTATE 76 THE SNOW WILL BE LIGHTER...BUT THE STRONG
WINDS WILL STILL CAUSE EXTENSIVE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND
HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.

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-
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

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 AM
MST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS
MORNING TO 8 AM MST TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER
IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL DEVELOP BY EARLY AFTERNOON AND THEN BECOME
  HEAVY AT TIMES OVERNIGHT. SNOW WILL BEGIN DIMINISHING BY MIDDAY
  TUESDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...10 TO 20 INCHES OF NEW SNOW WILL BE
  POSSIBLE BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

* WIND/VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST WINDS AT 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP
  TO 40 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE...CAUSING SOME BLOWING SNOW AND
  VISIBILITIES RESTRICTED TO A HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL MAY BECOME DIFFICULT AT TIMES DUE TO HEAVY
  SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ON ROADWAYS AND POOR VISIBILITIES IN
  BLOWING SNOW.
NOAA's 5-day liquid precipitation forecast showing up to 1.8" of liquid for CO which would translate to 20" of snow.
NOAA’s 5-day liquid precipitation forecast showing up to 1.8″ of liquid for CO which would translate to 20″ of snow.

BLIZZARD WARNING for DENVER TODAY:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
557 AM MST MON NOV 16 2015

...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ACROSS MUCH OF THE NORTHEAST COLORADO
PLAINS TONIGHT AND TUESDAY WITH AREAS OF HEAVY SNOW IN THE
MOUNTAINS...

NORTH DOUGLAS COUNTY BELOW 6000 FEET/DENVER/WEST ADAMS AND
ARAPAHOE COUNTIES/EAST BROOMFIELD COUNTY-
ELBERT/CENTRAL AND EAST DOUGLAS COUNTIES ABOVE 6000 FEET-
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...AURORA...BRIGHTON...CITY OF DENVER...
DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...HIGHLANDS RANCH...LITTLETON...
PARKER...CASTLE ROCK...ELBERT...FONDIS...KIOWA...LARKSPUR...
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
557 AM MST MON NOV 16 2015

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 2 PM MST
TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 2 PM MST
TUESDAY. THE BLIZZARD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS EVENING AND WILL BE HEAVY AT
  TIMES. THE HEAVY SNOW MAY LAST INTO TUESDAY MORNING IN THE
  DENVER AREA...WHILE ON THE EASTERN PLAINS OF COLORADO THE SNOW
  MAY LAST UNTIL TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 10
  INCHES...WITH UP TO 14 INCHES IN A BAND FROM DOUGLAS COUNTY TO
  BETWEEN LIMON AND AKRON.

* WIND/VISIBILITY...NORTHERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 25 TO 40 MPH
  BY LATE TONIGHT. GUSTS AS HIGH AS 60 MPH ARE POSSIBLE IN AREAS
  EAST OF DENVER. VISIBILITIES WILL DROP TO NEAR ZERO IN OPEN
  AREAS.

* IMPACTS...POOR VISIBILITIES DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW MAY
  MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE IN OPEN AREAS. HEAVY SNOW
  AND DRIFTING WILL LIKELY BLOCK SOME ROADS. TRAVEL MAY BECOME
  DIFFICULT IN URBAN AREAS LATE TONIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING.
snow already all over Colorado this morning.  image: noaa
snow already all over Colorado this morning. image: noaa

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