According to the National Weather Service, freezing fog is expected to develop above El Paso, eastern Fremont, western Pueblo, and Huerfano counties early on Wednesday morning. This is likely to be accompanied by freezing rain, resulting in icy conditions and followed by heavy snow through Thursday morning.
Freezing fog can be quite problematic as it can build on a number of structures unable to support its weight. This can create a hazardous situation in forested areas due to falling limbs and can lead to power outages if power lines succumb to the added weight.
Elsewhere in the state, widespread snow is expected from Wednesday into Thursday. Recent OpenSnow predictions indicate that up to 10 inches of snow could fall on high southern peaks.
The official National Weather Service forecast shows the stretch just west of the I-25 corridor getting some of the heaviest snow, with several major cities, including Colorado Springs and Denver, expecting multiple inches.
❄️Snow Forecast Late Wednesday - Wed Night ❄️— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) February 23, 2021
Snow develops in/near the Front Range Wed afternoon, becomes more widespread in evening. Heaviest snowfall expected in/immediately next to foothills, but sharp dropoff & higher uncertainty east across I-25 Corridor/plains. #COwx pic.twitter.com/zkQs3K9OtC
This winter storm approaches as a 'red flag warning' is active in parts of Colorado due to strong winds and low humidity ramping up the fire risk. Winds in northeast and north central Colorado are expected to approach 70 miles per hour on Tuesday, especially on high mountain passes. Strong winds are also expected to be present throughout much of the Front Range and Eastern Plains.
It's also worth noting that the National Weather Service has issued a 'special weather statement' warning of hazardous driving conditions and reduced visibility in the Sangre de Cristo mountains through Thursday morning.
If you're planning to travel around Colorado in upcoming days, be prepared for winter weather. Stay up-to-date with the winter weather alerts on the National Weather Service website and check for a resort forecast on OpenSnow.com.