Posted: Feb 20, 2013 11:04 PM MST
Updated: Jul 15, 2016 01:28 AM MDT
Winter Weather Advisories have been posted for many mountain areas and for parts of I-25, they are the areas shaded in white. Snow will accumulate at the ski resorts and over our local mountain communities, but wind isn't expected to be too much of an issue west of the Interstate. Winter Storm Warnings are now up for parts of eastern plains Colorado into Kansas where travel will become difficult tonight and Thursday. Winter Storm Warnings are also in effect for the Wet, and parts of the Sangre De Cristo mountains.
For the mountains we expect the heaviest snowfall will occur this afternoon and this evening. Lighter snowfall may continue into the early morning hours but the heaviest of the snowfall should wrap up shortly after midnight. Heavier snow will then shift to the higher terrain along and east of I-25, especially to the north and east of Colorado Springs. Snowfall accumulations may range widely as is often true in spring-like systems such as this one, in general though we think the 3" to 8" amounts are a pretty good bet in the dark pink and purple shaded areas, mainly on the higher terrain surrounding Colorado Springs and Pueblo or areas farther northeast and east...
The higher terrain surrounding Colorado Springs and the northern and eastern parts of the County should get significantly more snow than downtown will. Part of the reason for this is melting at lower elevations, and part of the reason for this is due to the development of the "doughnut hole" that will cut into precipitation amounts between Colorado Springs and Pueblo after the initial surge of precipitation moves over the area this evening and early tonight.
The warm nature of this storm suggests that initially there will be considerable melting of the snow in Pueblo, and probably for areas farther west along the Arkansas River too. It's still possible we'll manage an inch or 2", especially on the cooler surfaces, but as the colder air comes in the precipitation may begin to wind down so it's difficult to know how much snow we will actually have on the ground. Rain or snow, melting snow, we need whatever we can get. Certainly we would expect pockets of heavier snowfall over the higher terrain south and southwest of Pueblo, and it still appears likely some heavier snow will materialize late tonight and tomorrow morning farther east.