EDITOR’S Update: A statewide ‘stay-at-home’ order has been issued. Read more here.
With backcountry recreation discouraged around the state, much of Colorado’s fresh powder will (hopefully) stay untouched following an incoming snowstorm.
According to Joel Gratz of OpenSnow, an incoming storm will hit the state Friday to Saturday morning, dropping up to 8 inches in some regions. The northern mountains are likely to get the most snow, with double-digits possible. See his full report here.
While the new snow may sound appealing to powderhounds, it’s strongly recommended that you avoid backcountry recreation due to the current virus-induced strain on Colorado’s medical system and search and rescue teams. It is also ill-advised as backcountry recreation requires most in Colorado to travel, potentially aiding in the spread of COVID-19. Most of these small towns don’t want tourists at this time, with some even going as far to enact a ‘local’s-only policy.’
Elsewhere around the state, much of the Front Range is looking at a rainy Friday night, including Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder. Some areas in the foothills north of Denver are likely to get a mix of rain and snow during this time period. The days leading into and following Friday should be dry, but partly cloudy. Denver and Colorado Springs should expect weekend temperatures in the 50s.
If you must travel around the state amid the coronavirus outbreak, proceed with caution and always be aware of the weather forecast. Be aware of orders and policies in local areas and know that these are subject to change. Currently, backcountry recreation is banned in some areas, while lodging shutdowns are present in others. Proceed with caution.
Those in the backcountry should be aware that response times from rescue teams could be delayed and that resources are limited. Be as safe as possible and don’t take unnecessary risks.
Sheriff Bill Masters reminded everyone of backcountry dangers “especially in light of COVID-19 when our local resources are stretched and incidents like this stretch them even more.”
Sheriff Masters had some advice: “People need to use their friggin’ heads.”
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