February is shaping up to be a snowy month in Colorado.
Over recent days, snow has been stacking up in the mountains and will continue to fall across parts of the state. Several additional waves of high elevation precipitation are on the way.
As of Tuesday morning, Joel Gratz of OpenSnow reported most mountains seeing 2 to 4 inches of new snow since Monday with higher amounts of 6 inches at Telluride and 15 inches at Silverton.
Snow will continue to blanket areas of the high country with more than a foot of fresh powder expected from Tuesday to Wednesday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is calling for storm total accumulations of 6 to 12 inches of snow in the Southwest and Northwest San Juan Mountains, and 4 to 8 inches in the Eastern San Juan Mountains. Nearby areas impacted by the snow include Telluride, Ouray, Lake City, Silverton, Rico, and Hesperus.
Meanwhile, some areas could see an additional one to three inches of snow on Tuesday afternoon, including Cortez, Dove Creek, Mancos, Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, and Pagosa Springs.
According to Joel Gratz, of OpenSnow, Thursday will likely be dry before a light snow on Friday and a stronger storm system that's expected to hit from Saturday into Sunday with totals of up to 10 inches. See OpenSnow's detailed report with resort specific predictions and expected totals here.
"Travel will be difficult at times," warned the NWS. "Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility."
Plan ahead and make sure your vehicle is ready for navigating snowy roads and mountain passes across the state. Follow active traction laws and give yourself plenty of extra time for safe travel.
Editor’s Note: All weather statements and snow accumulations are subject to change. Check the official Colorado Department of Transportation website for up-to-date information on road conditions and the National Weather Service for updates on incoming storms. For your mountain forecast, we recommend visiting OpenSnow. For daily avalanche conditions, always check with avalanche.state.co.us before heading into the backcountry.