The Centennial State is set to get a bitter visit from Mother Nature for the second time in a week as another winter storm arrives tonight. The storm will bring plenty of snow and this time will throw dangerous winds into the mix.
Everything looks on track as a cold front will dip far down into the state late this afternoon and into the evening. While the system will be relatively quick moving, its impact is expected to be significant.
Snow will initially develop over the mountains and foothills this evening and then spread to the lower elevations. The mountains and foothills can expect from 7 to 14 inches between tonight and tomorrow midday when the storm is done. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the high country areas.
Along the Front Range precipitation will initially be in the form of rain and a rain / snow mix but then change quickly to all snow as temperatures drop. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Front Range including the Denver metro area from 9:00pm till noon tomorrow.
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In the Denver metro area and lower elevations, we will see snow mainly from 9:00pm through 6:00am before it slowly tapers off between then and noon Wednesday. Look for between 5 and 10 inches of snow with some locally higher amounts possible.
Winds will be very gusty from midnight to dawn tomorrow and result in blowing snow and limited visibility. Snow may also accumulate on trees that still have leaves causing tree damage and power outages as we saw with last week’s storm.
Over the Palmer Divide and into Lincoln County a Blizzard Warning is in effect from midnight until noon tomorrow. While snow accumulations aren’t expected to be higher than other locations, strong gusts to 50mph will give rise to the potential for blizzard conditions. Travel in these areas is likely to be especially hazardous and wind chill readings will reach dangerous levels.
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URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
1054 AM MDT TUE NOV 1 2011
…WINTER WEATHER RETURNING TO NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST COLORADO TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED OVER THE PALMER DIVIDE AND LINCOLN COUNTY LATE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING…
.A FAST MOVING AND POTENT UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS COLORADO TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. IN ADDITION A SURFACE COLD FRONT WILL BRING COLDER TEMPERATURES TO THE REGION. SNOW WILL DEVELOP IN THE MOUNTAINS LATER TODAY…WHILE A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW ARE EXPECTED EARLY THIS EVENING ON THE PLAINS. AS EVENING TEMPERATURES FALL BEHIND THE COLD FRONT…PRECIPITATION ON THE PLAINS WILL QUICKLY CHANGE TO ALL SNOW BECOMING HEAVY AT TIMES.
STRONG NORTH WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVERNIGHT WHICH WILL PRODUCE
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING OVER THE PALMER DIVIDE AND ACROSS LINCOLN COUNTY AS WIND WILL GUST TO 50 MPH AT TIMES. AS A RESULT…TRAVEL WILL LIKELY BECOME IMPOSSIBLE ACROSS EASTERN DOUGLAS…ELBERT AND LINCOLN COUNTIES INCLUDING INTERSTATE 70.
…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON MDT WEDNESDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON MDT WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* TIMING…A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP EARLY THIS EVENING…QUICKLY CHANGING OVER TO SNOW BY MID EVENING. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES OVERNIGHT WITH SNOWFALL RATES AROUND 1 INCH PER HOUR.
* ACCUMULATION/WIND…TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS 5 TO 10 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED…WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS NEAR THE FOOTHILLS AND ALONG THE SOUTHERN SUBURBS OF DENVER. NORTH WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WILL OCCUR…WITH STRONGER GUSTS EAST OF INTERSTATE 25 MPH.
* MAIN IMPACT…ROADS WILL BECOME ICY AND SNOWPACKED TONIGHT WITH HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS. VISIBILITIES MAY ALSO BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE IN AREAS OF HEAVIER SNOWFALL AND BLOWING SNOW. HEAVY SNOW MAY ACCUMULATE ON TREES RESULTING IN ADDITIONAL TREE DAMAGE AND SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES.
* OTHER IMPACTS…TEMPERATURES WILL BE TURNING MUCH COLDER WITH WIND CHILL READINGS DROPPING TO NEAR 10 DEGREES.
REMEMBER…A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE OCCURRING OR EXPECTED. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.