A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect at 6 PM for portions of Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson, Gilpin & Park counties. As temperatures drop tonight, rain turns to snow at elevations between 5200-6200 feet. Wet, heavy snow is likely over the southern and western suburbs of the Denver Metro area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Rain and snow are moving through Colorado and the showers will increase in coverage and intensity over the I-25 Corridor through this evening. Snow, heavy at times, is expected for the mountains along and east of the Divide.
The snow level will be around 6,500 feet, so most lower elevations will get a good, cold rain while the snow stays in the mountains and foothills. Some of the southern and western suburbs will be right on the edge, with a rain and snow mix.
Early Wednesday morning, the commute may be a messy one. As of now, areas south and west of Denver are expected to see the most accumulation. 4-12 inches of snow are possible over the higher terrain West of I-25. The plains could see more than 1/4- 1 inch of beneficial rain. The wind will not be a factor with this next storm, unlike the blizzard that briefly hit the same areas early last Friday.
In the mountains, most areas above 10,000 feet should received 8 to 12 inches of snow in the next 18 hours. If you are driving to or from the high country tonight through Wednesday, please practice caution. Hazardous winter driving conditions will exist in the mountains and over the Palmer Divide.
With this system, precipitation totals the Denver and across the eastern plains should be in the .75 to 1.50 inch range, so that will be terrific news for farmer and ranchers in eastern Colorado. Skies will begin to clear Wednesday evening as the storm exits the state.
Thursday it will be sunny and warmer with a little break in between cold fronts. Another storm system will head this direction with rain developing over western Colorado on Friday and snow likely for the mountains Friday night and Saturday. Denver and the eastern plains will have rain and maybe a little snow mixed on Saturday.
A third storm system will advance into the region early next week, with more rain and snow possible by next Tuesday and Wednesday.
We have you covered as the weather changes - remember our SnowCast App and our Storm Shield App. In addition, Storm Shield PLUS can provide important information about approaching severe weather. Go to StormShieldAlerts.com or call 877-438-4977 for more information.