Wild spring weather is forecast for parts of Colorado, likely to bring mountain snow, quarter-sized hail, and 60 mph winds along with cloud to ground lightning from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning. 

According to Joel Gratz of OpenSnow, 2 to 8 inches of snow is headed for the high country, with the next storm on track to bring an additional 6 inches of snow or more from Thursday through Saturday morning. To see a full breakdown of the extended forecast, click here.

The National Weather Service is also predicting 60 mph winds and 1-inch hail for the far eastern plains near the Kansas border.

While severe afternoon thunderstorms are likely, strong winds, and low relative humidity will lead to high fire danger. As a result, a Red Flag Warning has been issued until 6:00 PM Monday where conditions will be favorable for the rapid ignition, growth, and spread of fires in Las Animas, Huerfano, Pueblo, Crowley, and Otero counties.

Western parts of the state can expect 3 to 5 inches of snow blanketing the mountains and rain coating the valleys, with a chance of isolated to widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Snow accumulations ranging from 1 to 3 inches will be possible along the Continental Divide.

All of the ski areas remain closed statewide amid the COVID-19 outbreak, with backcountry recreation bans also taking effect in some areas. While it might be tempting to take some turns in the snow, be aware that rescue and medical services in the backcountry are quite limited at the time. It is not advised to enter the backcountry for recreation purposes.

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. 

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