Winter Storm Watch

Issued At: Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 4:28 PM MDT
Expires At: Friday, 19 May 2017, 6:00 PM MDT

Urgent - winter weather message national weather service denver/boulder co 427 pm mdt tue may 16 2017 ...heavy snow expected for the mountains and foothills wednesday night through friday... .a strong spring storm will drop south across the great basin wednesday night and thursday. it then moves slowly east across colorado thursday night and friday. significant snow is expected with this storm if it continues on the current forecasted track. snowfall amounts of 1 to 3 feet will be possible for the foothills and east slopes of the mountains. if this heavy snow occurs, breaking tree limbs and snow accumulation on power lines will likely cause power lines to break. numerous power outages will be possible if the heavy snow occurs. 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 can't be ruled out at this time. 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- including the cities of cameron pass, laramie and medicine bow mountains, rabbit ears range, rocky mountain national park, willow creek pass, berthoud pass, breckenridge, east slopes mosquito range, east slopes southern gore range, eisenhower tunnel, indian peaks, kenosha mountains, mount evans, williams fork mountains, and winter park 427 pm mdt tue may 16 2017 ...winter storm watch in effect from wednesday evening through friday afternoon... the national weather service in denver has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect from wednesday evening through friday afternoon. * timing...snow is expected to begin wednesday evening and continue through friday afternoon. * snow accumulations...1 to 2 feet of snow is possible with up to 3 feet on favored east slopes. * wind/visibility...visibility will fall below a quarter mile in heavy snow. * impacts...roads will likely 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 watch means there is a potential for significant snow...sleet...or ice accumulations that may impact travel. continue to monitor the latest forecasts.