Idaho Springs, Colorado. Photo Credit: peeterv (iStock).

Idaho Springs, Colorado. Photo Credit: peeterv (iStock).

As details about a storm predicted to hit Colorado on Sunday grow more clear, the forecast has, too.

While up to 12 inches of snow were initially predicted to fall, total accumulations are now expected to be much less. The National Weather Service is only calling for a couple inches on the state's highest peaks, with very little chance of snow in lower elevation parts of the state.

Joel Gratz of OpenSnow has also narrowed his prediction to a just few inches to be expected in the northern mountains. According to Gratz, resorts around the state are predicted to see an inch of snow or less over the next five days.

This lack of snow is likely disappointing to many that were hoping the precipitation could help Colorado's dangerous drought situation. Currently, almost 20 percent of the state is experiencing the most severe stage of drought – "exceptional drought." The entire state is abnormally dry and more than 99 percent of the state is experiencing drought on some level. Not only does this pose a huge fire risk, it is also likely to be damaging to crops and livestock.

Be warned that higher snow totals are still a possibility. If you plan on heading to higher elevation areas around the state, make sure you're prepared for this chance.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside


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