As what some are calling the “baby bomb cyclone” is starting to move in, some repeated nightmares of the March blizzard are appearing in the mountain areas at lunch time Wednesday. Colorado Department of Transportation is strongly urging, for the second time within a month, that everyone should avoid travel.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Pueblo are not expecting today’s storm to reach extremities that the March blizzard had. Although Coloradans will see similar snowfall and high winds of last month’s storm, the current Spring blizzard is moving in from the northwest which will keep the air pressure low.
“The storm originated on the west coast, so it hasn’t developed as strongly,” meteorologist Randy Gray said. “The storm is farther north, so it will keep slower air pressure drops.”
Denver’s atmospheric pressure could drop by 12 to 14 millibars in 24 hours or less, NWS meteorologist Brad Carlberg said Tuesday. To be designated a bomb cyclone, pressure must drop 24 millibars in 24 hours.
Mountain Metro buses will stop service this evening as winds become stronger and road conditions worsen. The last pull-out from the terminal will be 6:15 p.m.
Colorado Springs Police Department is now on accident alert status. If you are involved in a traffic accident where no one is hurt, is suspected of drug or alcohol use and each party has insurance, exchange information and file a report within 72 hours here.
Fog has settled and snow is beginning to fall over Boulder. The Denver metro area is expected to be hit the hardest Wednesday afternoon.
Heavy rain begins to fall in downtown Colorado Springs and the temperature remains in the low 50’s at Colorado Springs Airport, the city’s official measurement site.
There are 732 flights canceled to and from Denver International Airport.
Interstate 70 is shut down in both directions between Copper Mountain and Frisco due to many crashes. The road is expected to be closed for hours, Colorado State Patrol said.
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