Winter Storm Warning

Issued At: Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 7:13 PM MDT
Expires At: Friday, 19 May 2017, 6:00 PM MDT

Urgent - winter weather message national weather service denver/boulder co 713 pm mdt wed may 17 2017 ...heavy snow expected for the mountains and northern front range foothills through friday... .a strong spring storm will drop south across the great basin tonight and thursday. it then moves slowly east across colorado thursday night through friday evening. significant snow is expected with this storm if it continues on the current forecasted track. if the storm track moves further north, then the southern front range foothills may receive much less snowfall. this storm is expected to bring rain and possibly snow to the urban corridor including the denver metro area. the coldest air and best chance for snow is expected to be thursday night and friday for the denver area. significant snow for the denver area is possible. south and east jackson/larimer/north and northeast grand/ northwest boulder counties above 9000 feet- south and southeast grand/west central and southwest boulder/ gilpin/clear creek/summit/north and west park counties above 9000 feet- 713 pm mdt wed may 17 2017 ...winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 pm mdt friday... * timing...snow will become widespread tonight and is expected to to continue through friday afternoon. * snow accumulations...12 to 24 inches of snow expected with up to 36 inches on favored east slopes, including rocky mountain national park. * wind/visibility...visibility will fall below a quarter mile in heavy snow. * impacts...roads will become snow and slush covered. wet snow may accumulate on leafed out trees, resulting in broken tree limbs and power outages. precautionary/preparedness actions... a winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. only travel in an emergency. if you must travel...keep an extra flashlight... food...and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.