As winter weather approaches Colorado, various “winter storm warnings” are set to go into effect around the state, with the heaviest snow expected in the eastern San Juans. Snow is also expected along the Front Range, potentially impacting travel in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas.

The winter storm warnings are as follows:

Eastern San Juan Mountain Range:

What: 10 to 20 inches of snow; 50 mile per hour winds

When: 3 PM on Wednesday to 6 PM on Thursday.

Hazards: Travel could be “very difficult to impossible.” Expect low visibility.

North-central and northeast Colorado:

What: 9 to 18 inches of snow; 45 mile per hour winds

When: 6 PM Wednesday to 6 AM Friday; Heaviest from Thursday afternoon through Friday morning

Hazards: Travel could be “very difficult to impossible.” Expect low visibility.

Impacted areas: Cameron Pass, Laramie and Medicine Bow Mountains, Rabbit Ears Range, Rocky Mountain National Park, Willow Creek Pass, Berthoud Pass, Breckenridge, East Slopes Mosquito Range, East Slopes Southern Gore Range, Eisenhower Tunnel, Indian Peaks, Kenosha Mountains, Mount Evans, Williams Fork Mountains, and Winter Park.

Additional details: Strongest winds set to occur east of I-25, strongest snowfall set to occur in the Front Range foothills

Front Range foothills:

What: 10 to 14 inches of snow; 35 mile per hour winds

When: 6 PM Thursday to 6 AM Friday

Hazards: Travel could be “very difficult to impossible.” Hazardous conditions could impact commutes.

Impacted areas: Estes Park, Glendevey, Nederland, Red Feather Lakes, Bailey, Central City, Evergreen, Georgetown, Idaho Springs, and Westcreek

Other spots:

In addition to winter storm warnings set to go active, there are also winter storm watches to be aware of.

High-altitude snow is possible in Teller County and parts of the Pikes Peak region from Thursday morning through Thursday evening. If this ends up falling lower, it could impact commutes. Between 4 to 10 inches is expected, with gusting winds reaching 35 miles per hour.

Between 2 to 6 inches of snow is predicted in northern El Paso County on Thursday with residents being instructed to “prepare for possible blizzard conditions.


North of Colorado Springs, the Denver area is also expecting Thursday snow that could impact commutes. With 3 to 7 inches expected and winds up to 50 miles per hour, places impacted include Fort Collins, Hereford, Loveland, Nunn, Arvada, Boulder, Golden, Lakewood, Longmont, Aurora, Brighton, City of Denver, Denver International Airport, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Parker, Castle Rock, Elbert, Fondis, Kiowa, Larkspur, Briggsdale, Grover, Pawnee Buttes, Raymer, Stoneham, Eaton, Fort Lupton, Greeley, Roggen, Brush, Fort Morgan, Goodrich, Wiggins, Bennett, Byers, Deer Trail, Leader, Agate, Hugo, Limon, Matheson, Crook, Merino, Sterling, Peetz, Akron, Cope, Last Chance, Otis, Julesburg, Ovid, Sedgwick, Amherst, Haxtun, and Holyoke.

Editor’s Note: All weather statements and snow accumulations are subject to change. Check the official Colorado Department of Transportation website for up-to-date information on road conditions and the National Weather Service for updates on incoming storms. For your mountain forecast, we recommend visiting OpenSnow. For daily avalanche conditions, always check with avalanche.state.co.us before heading into the backcountry. 

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