Blizzard Warning Issued For Denver

8-15 Inches In Denver, Up To 2 Feet In Foothills

Grab your snow shovels! A major spring storm will make it look like mid-winter.

The strong storm system is bringing heavy snow to much of Colorado -- a foot of snow for the metro area and gusty winds that will create whiteout conditions. We have missed most of the storms this season, but this storm did not miss the Denver area. The low pressure center of the storm will cross central and southeastern Colorado today and tonight, this puts Denver and the northeastern plains will be in the prime location for heavy snow.

A BLIZZARD WARNING is in effect for the Denver Metro and along the Front Range. The warning begins Thursday at 6 a.m. and extends to Friday at 6 a.m.

Snow began falling in the mountains Wednesday night and spread across the foothills and Front Range urban corridor early this morning. The heavier snows started falling in Denver around the morning rush hour and will now continue through the day. The heaviest snow will fall between noon and 9 PM, falling at a rate of an inch per hour and combined with strong north winds.

Current totals as of the 2pm hour: Boulder 12", Arvada 11", Westminster 14", Lafayette 9", Fort Collins 5.5", Longmont 9", Golden 10", Erie 10", Greeley 8", Federal Heights 9", Evergreen 10", Brighton 7", Thorton 8", Estes Park 6.5", Wheat Ridge 13" and Genesee 12".

Heavier amounts of snow are expected on the south and west sides of Denver, including in Ken Caryl, Highlands Ranch, Parker and Golden - up to 20 inches will be possible.

Storm totals in the foothills will range from 1-2 feet by Friday morning.

The Palmer Divide is also looking at about 1-2 feet of snow through Friday morning.

Up in the high country, snow will fall heavily on Thursday and continue through Friday with snow totals expected to range from 1-2 feet, mainly areas east of the Divide.

Very windy conditions will create blowing and drifting snows all over the state as this system will pack strong wind gusts for the plains, Front Range, foothills, and the mountains. Gusts as high as 50 mph are possible in most areas along with sustained winds of 20-30mph. Whiteout conditions will be common is most areas as the snow starts to fall.

Remember, a Blizzard Warning means hazardous winter weather conditions are imminent or highly likely. Significant snow accumulations are occurring or expected. Strong winds are also expected. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Expect very hazardous or near impossible driving conditions all over the state, particularly on the eastern plains and along I-25. Areas in the mountains will also see extremely hazardous or impossible driving conditions starting as early as Thursday morning.

On the eastern plains, snow will begin early to mid-morning on Thursday and last through Friday afternoon. Snow totals in the northeast Plains will range from 6-10 inches with some areas receiving as much as a foot when all is said and done.

So far this winter, Denver has only recorded 18.8 inches of snowfall. The record for the least snowy winter is 20.8 inches set back in 1888-89.

This storm has a favorable track to bring heavy snowfall to the Front Range. The storm track for this system will move it through southern Colorado - a better position to bring snow to the metro area. We should have a good northeasterly wind -- an upslope -- that will increase the moisture along the Front Range.

This storm will dump heavy snow in the mountains, with one to two feet of snow possible over the next few days. The snow in the high country is welcome news as the recent warm weather has thinned the snowpack. The storm should push the average snowpack back above normal across the mountains.

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