DENVER (CBS4) – A winter storm expected to hit Colorado Wednesday and Thursday will bring unseasonably cold air and enough snow to create difficult travel conditions in many areas.
The arctic cold front at the storm’s leading edge will arrive Tuesday night, bringing high temperatures down from the low 40s in Denver on Tuesday to the 20s on Wednesday. Then it will be even colder for Thursday and by Friday morning it will be close to zero in the Denver area.
The heaviest snow with this storm is found in the northern mountains including the Park Range and over the Flat Tops. These areas, including Highway 40 through Rabbit Ears Pass and the Steamboat Springs area, are subject to a winter storm warning for 1-2 feet of snow from 5 p.m. Tuesday through 11 a.m. Thursday.
A winter weather forecast is in effect for most other mountain areas in Colorado from 11 p.m. Tuesday through 5 p.m. Tuesday, including the I-70 Mountain Corridor between Georgetown and Avon. Ski resorts and many mountain towns will get 6 to 12 inches of snow, creating great skiing conditions but also significant travel delays.
There is also a Winter Storm Watch for far northeast Colorado from 11 p.m. Tuesday through 5 a.m. Thursday for 4-8 inches of snow. The clock would eventually become a winter storm warning for areas including Sterling, Julesburg, Holyoke, Wray and Burlington. Traveling along I-76 east of Fort Morgan and I-70 east of Limon could become very difficult.
For Denver and the Front Range, the amount of snow will be less compared to the areas with guards, warnings and notices, but there will still be enough snow in the subway area to allow for a smooth and slow ride. For this reason, the CBS4 weather team has issued first alert weather days for Wednesday and Thursday. Afternoon and evening traffic on Wednesday and morning traffic on Thursday are affected.
Snow will also gradually fall in the Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins areas. A few snow showers are possible Tuesday evening as the Arctic cold front arrives, but no cluster is expected. Then 1-2 inches of snow is forecast during the day Wednesday, followed by another 1-3 inches Wednesday night. Then it’s possible there could be another 1-2 inches on Thursday before the snow ends mostly before 5pm on Thursday.
So for the vast majority of areas, total snowfall will be 2 to 7 inches. The northern reaches (north of I-70) could see more.
Looking ahead to Friday, the day begins with cold temperatures for March. Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins should be close to zero. Then Friday afternoon sunshine will help push temperatures above freezing. A bigger warmup will arrive for the weekend.
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