Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:44 PM MST
Updated: Jul 15, 2016 01:28 AM MDT
Winter Weather Advisories have been posted for the mountain 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 and Winter Storm Watches are up for the eastern plains of Colorado into Kansas where travel will become difficult on Thursday.
The most intense part of the storm and the highest impacts will be felt east of the mountains late Wednesday night and Thursday.
Early Wednesday morning, an area of light snow or freezing drizzle will likely develop on the eastern plains near the Kansas state line.
Different parts of the viewing area can expect different types of precipitation during the day on Wednesday. Snow will increase over the ski resorts through the day. Scattered rain and snow showers will develop over our local mountains and the Front Range in the afternoon and continue into the evening. You might even hear thunder.
The storm will strengthen early Thursday as it clears the mountains and as we transition to the back side of it a couple things will happen. The purple colors indicate a band of snow that will develop. We're still working on the exact placement of this feature, it could end up a little farther west. The wind will become strong with some gusts into the 35-45mph range on the back side of the storm too.
We expected to tweak Snow Tracker some later tonight and Wednesday morning as we continue to get more information about the storm. Notice that we don't expect a huge storm in the mountains and the heaviest snow should be to the east of the Front Range.