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."
Snow showers are starting to develop over the mountains. Expect intense snowfall rates of up to 2" per hour in the 2 PM to 8 PM timeframe. The heavier snow will be highly localized and travel conditions could change rapidly over short distances. Travel with care. #cowx pic.twitter.com/2iDjAdXor0— NWS Pueblo (@NWSPueblo) February 17, 2021
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.
1:40 PM 2/17 Update: Heavy snow bursts over El Paso county will continue this afternoon. Be prepared for rapidly changing visibility over short distances. Roads may quickly become slushy and snow covered, especially during the heavier snow. Travel with care. #cowx pic.twitter.com/RQ6HSPOUof— NWS Pueblo (@NWSPueblo) February 17, 2021
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.