Posted: May 01, 2013 06:43 PM MDT
Updated: Jul 15, 2016 01:27 AM MDT
The heaviest snow should fall in the mountain areas west of Denver, Loveland and Fort Collins where a Winter Storm Warning has been issued. Winter Weather Advisories have been posted into late Wednesday night or early Thursday for the Palmer Divide and the mountains of southern Colorado.
Snow will move south out of the Denver area early Wednesday morning and it should be snowing in the Pikes Peak Region during the morning commute. It currently appears that the snow won't be coming down hard enough to overcome the warm road surfaces locally, so wet roads are the primary concern. If traveling in Teller County there may be some slushy spots.
Snow will start to become heavy at times between Colorado Springs and Denver through the late morning and early afternoon and this will reduce visibility over the Palmer Divide. Once the sun comes up, most roads below 6000' are likely to stay wet.
Snow will spread southward and increase in intensity Wednesday afternoon as the main storm system moves overhead. Bursts of snow may quickly accumulate an inch or two on the grassy surfaces at lower elevations and in the mountain communites, roads may whiten up late in the day as this happens.
The heaviest snow will come to an end during Wednesday evening, but some lingering light snow may last into the first few hours of Thursday. By sunrise, some clearing will mean low temperatures in the teens and 20s. Unplug hoses, drain sprinkler systems and protect plants that you may have recently planted.
Much of the snow that falls will melt because of the recent warmth and time of year. As is usually the case, the higher in elevation you are, the more you'll get. Most accumulating snow for Colorado Springs proper should be confined to cooler surfaces like the grass, car windshields, decks and such. Heavier bursts of snow are more likely to lead to slushy and/or snow packed roadways at times over Monument Hill and parts of Teller county.
Expect a rain/snow mix in Pueblo initially, but any heavier bursts of precipitation this afternoon will be in the form of snow. Heavier snow may briefly whiten up the grass and cars... Rye, Beulah and some of the mountain communities near the Wet & Sangre De Cristo Mountains should get a nice, heavy, wet snow.