Storm Hits Colorado Cities Hardest According to Updated Snowfall Map

The National Weather Service office in Boulder, Colorado, released an updated snowfall prediction map on Thursday morning amidst a winter storm that was affecting the majority of the state.

Denver is preparing for what could potentially be the largest snowstorm of the season as a late winter storm looms, with the possibility of bringing up to 15 inches of snow to the city by Friday. Additionally, this storm system will cause temperatures in the central Colorado region to drop to 37 degrees on Thursday, which is approximately 15 degrees below the average for this time of year.

According to the NWS office in Boulder, there is additional snowfall expected.

The office posted on X, formerly Twitter, on Thursday morning, expressing their excitement about the incoming snow. They announced, “We are in for more snow! After a brief break earlier today, the snow is expected to pick up again this afternoon and evening, becoming heavier and more widespread along portions of the I-25 Corridor.” They also provided snowfall predictions, stating that the Denver metro area can expect an additional 6-12 inches of snow, while the foothills may see a whopping 14-26 inches. However, they mentioned that the amounts will be lighter as you move farther east.

NWS Boulder, in a subsequent post, shared radar footage of the storm.

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According to the office, the snowfall in the Denver metro and foothills is still heavy. However, there is a noticeable ‘back edge’ of the snow approaching Denver from the northeast. As a result, there will be a temporary break in the snowfall during the late morning. Nonetheless, more widespread and intense snowfall is expected to resume later in the afternoon.

The Denver area has already experienced significant snowfall since the storm started on Wednesday. According to NWS meteorologist Paul Schlatter, central Denver has received a snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches. The western suburbs have seen even heavier snowfall, with 12 to 16 inches, while the southern suburbs have received 14 to 18 inches.

According to Schlatter, it is intriguing to note that the Denver International Airport, located in the far northeast region of Denver, receives barely half an inch of precipitation. He emphasizes that there is a significant contrast in the amount of rainfall between the central and eastern parts of Denver.

According to Schlatter, the heaviest snowfall is expected to taper off by midnight, but there will still be light snow until early Friday morning. Schlatter advises individuals to refrain from unnecessary travel and to exercise caution while shoveling snow due to its dense and wet nature.

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According to the snowfall map released on Wednesday, Evergreen is projected to receive the highest accumulation of snow, with up to 37 inches expected. Red Feather Lakes is also expected to see significant snowfall, with up to 35 inches forecasted. Castle Rock is anticipated to receive up to 26 inches, while Estes Park and Lake George could each experience 24 inches of snow.

On Thursday, a winter storm warning or winter weather advisory covered a significant portion of Colorado. This warning and advisory also spanned across Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah.

As of Thursday, strong winds were gusting in California and Nevada, influenced by the back end of the storm. Furthermore, the same storm system responsible for heavy snowfall in the West is anticipated to bring a potential risk of thunderstorms and tornados to approximately 60 million individuals residing in the southern, midwestern, and plains states of the United States later this week.

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