Though spring is in full swing, Colorado is about to get another taste of winter with a March snowstorm predicted to bring as much as 10 inches to some spots of the state.
According to a “winter weather advisory” issued by the National Weather Service, the Rocky Mountain National Park area could get 6 to 10 inches of snow today through 3 AM on Saturday. This includes cities of Estes Park, Red Feather Lakes, Glendevey, and Nederland, as well as much of the northern Front Range foothills. Read more about this report here.
Joel Gratz of OpenSnow cites two models in his daily report, with one model calling for 4 to 7 inches between Friday and Saturday and the other calling for 6 to 10 inches across much of the high country. According to him, it “depends on luck and where the strongest cells” hit. See his full in-depth report here, along with what the end of skiing means for OpenSnow moving forward this season.
Winter weather advisories are also present in additional parts of the Front Range, along with parts of Eastern Colorado.
According to the National Weather Service, up to 6 inches of snow and gusts of wind up to 50 miles per hour could be present in some parts of eastern Colorado. This prompted multiple “winter weather advisories.” Yuma and Kit Carson counties face up to 4 inches and winds up to 50 miles per hour from midnight tonight to noon on Saturday. Agate, Hugo, Limon, Matheson, Akron, Cope, Last Chance, and Otis face 6 inches of snow and winds up to 40 miles per hour from 9 PM to 9 AM on Saturday. The Castle Rock and Byers area will face up to 6 inches with winds up to 40 miles per hour from 6 PM to 6 AM on Saturday.
With ski resorts already closed, backcountry skiing and other forms of backcountry recreation have also been discouraged by many search and rescue teams and local governments. One area went as far to ban all backcountry recreation while another simply told tourists to leave.
Even the snow at Rocky Mountain National Park will go untouched, as Rocky Mountain National Park closed its doors days ago amid the COVID-19 crisis.
On the Front Range, Colorado Springs is expected to stay cloudy and in the 50s. Denver is looking at a rainy Friday in the 40s with a bounce back to the 50s on Saturday. Snow on Friday will turn into cloudy skies and temperatures in the 50s for a multi-day stretch in Grand Junction.
Stay up-to-date with weather changes on the National Weather Service website.
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