Posted: Mar 08, 2013 10:33 PM MST
Updated: Jul 15, 2016 01:11 AM MDT
A Blizzard Warning has been issued for the northern El Paso county and the rest of the Palmer Divide, Winter Storm Warnings for many other areas to the north and west of Colorado Springs.
The brunt of the storm will be experienced Saturday and Saturday evening, but some areas may receive snow tonight as well.
Although precipitation will probably start as a mixture of rain and snow over the plains on Saturday, snowfall elevations should drop quickly as the colder air spills southward during the day.
As the wind strengthens on Saturday we expect whiteout/blizzard conditions to develop over mainly exposed areas to the north and east of Colorado Springs.
OK, time to throw some possible accumulations out there. Over the ski resorts more then 8" of snow will be widespread, anywhere you see blue on the map. In some cases high mountain areas could receive between 1 and 2 feet! In the dark pink shade areas on the Palmer Divide into Teller county, as well as for the foothills west of Denver it seems reasonable to expect 5" to 10" of snow, possibly more for localized areas. Measuring this may prove very difficult over the Palmer Divide with the wind causing extensive drifting. Again, blizzard conditions are expected over the Palmer Divide starting late morning and lasting into the evening. Light pink areas show where we think 3" to 6" of snow will fall. The mountains southwest of Pueblo, downtown Denver and the northeastern plains of Colorado are all areas where this appears likely. The drifting snow won't be as problematic over the mountains. White shaded areas look to receive 1" to 3" of snow. Colorado Springs is included in this area. It's possible we could receive more, but several things are working against that. Initially the snow may melt for awhile, and being that most of the snow will fall during the daytime hours and the March sun is strong (even behind the clouds) some melting may continue even as the air cold air arrives. We also expect the "doughnut hole" to develop between Colorado Springs and Pueblo after the initial surge of colder air moves past the area. Still, roads could become snow packed with the heavier snowfall, and possibly icy after it lets up. In Pueblo a lot of melting will probably keep snow accumulations confined to mainly cooler surfaces, and from Pueblo eastward along the Arkansas River we will likely have an inch or 2" at most.