If you were up late enough last night for my 1AM post you noticed I started using the ‘B’ word in my posts. I’m usually cautious to start calling storms full-fledged blizzards, but that is exactly what we are now looking at. The computer models were sluggish with upping snow totals all day yesterday and then the models late last night began upping snow totals drastically.
For all intents and purposes this storm remains on track to be a major spring snow storm.
The models this morning are pretty consistent with what we saw late last night. The storm track shifted slightly southward enough to bring good snowfall to the front range of Colorado.
Castle Rock: 7-14 inches
Palmer Divide (Eastern Douglas County and Elbert County towards Limon) : 8-16 inches
Denver: 6-12 inches
We are already seeing these impacts
Strong winds up to 60mph, sustained 30-40mph
Hazardous road conditions (expect road conditions to deteriorate through the day with improvement in the late evening hours)
Strongest impacts will be felt East of Castle Rock into Elbert County.
Road closures will be likely in some areas
Power outages have been reported
Traction laws are in effect for I-25 (means your car needs snow tires/chains, trucks need chains)
I’ll be continuing to track this system throughout the day. Expect snowfall to come to an end late this afternoon and improving conditions by tomorrow.
At this time I would not recommend driving if you absolutely don’t have to. Stay home, enjoy a movie!