Snowdrift Photo Credit: Zvozdochka (iStock).

Photo Credit: Zvozdochka (iStock).

Snow will continue to fall at an intense rate across parts of Colorado on Wednesday before tapering off early Thursday morning.

Snow could fall at a rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour during the afternoon and evening hours with total accumulations ranging between 2 and 7 inches. Higher elevations areas could see even greater snowfall totals.

"Snow showers are starting to develop over the mountains," the National Weather Service (NWS) warned in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon. "Expect intense snowfall rates of up to 2" per hour in the 2 PM to 8 PM timeframe."

Winter weather advisories will remain in effect until early Thursday morning in the following areas: Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains below 11,000 feet, Wet Mountains, Pikes Peak, and Huerfano, Las Animas, Teller, and El Paso Counties.

According to Joel Gratz of OpenSnow, the next winter storm will bring 1 to 6 inches of snow to the northern half of the state on Friday. Saturday and Sunday will deliver another round of snow to the state with most mountains seeing 5 to 10 inches of snow.

Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities. Drivers should also use extreme caution while traveling, especially on high country roads and mountain passes.

Editor's Note: All weather predictions are subject to change. See weather.gov for the most updated information on weather alerts and check OpenSnow for snow-sport specific forecasts.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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