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Colorado: Significant winter storm forecast

Posted by feww on March 8, 2011

Colorado: Significant winter storm, up to 2 feet of snow

Snow Possible from Rockies to Missouri Valley, Great Lakes

Kansas City, Mo., Monday, March 7, 2011 – NOAA forecasters said the Central United States will see mostly rain and snow for the next few days. Heavy snow is expected today in the mountains of Utah and Colorado and part of the Central Plains. Rainy conditions will prevail from the Southwest across Nevada, New Mexico and Oklahoma to Kansas and northeast Missouri.


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Winter Storm Warnings, Watches and Advisories are in effect in major portions of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska, as well as northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin. Snowfall totals are expected to range from a few inches to two feet or more at higher elevations. Weather statements include:

Grand Junction and southwest Colorado:

  • Winter Storm Warning today and tonight for eastern Utah and western Colorado – expect 1-2 feet of snow above 8,500 feet; 3-6 inches in northwest valleys

Pueblo and southeast Colorado:

  • Winter Storm Warning for parts of the Mosquito Range, Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 11,000 feet, the Wet Mountains, Chafee and Fremont counties – 6-10 inches of snow at lower elevations, 10-20 inches above 10,000 feet

Dodge City, southwest and south-central Kansas:

  • Winter Storm Warning from midnight CST tonight to midnight Tuesday – expect 5-9 inches of snow, possibly preceded by a brief period of freezing rain and sleet

Weather Story:  Grand Junction, CO

A significant winter storm will affect the region into Tuesday, with snowfall of 1 to 2 feet anticipated for mountain locations and 3 to 6 inches over the valleys in northwest Colorado and southwest Colorado. 6 to 8 inches can be expected in the Steamboat Springs area. Elsewhere, rain will change over to snow overnight with little accumulation. Dry and warmer conditions will return later in the week…though isolated to scattered snow showers are possible from time to time in the northern mountains.

Weather Story: Kansas


A strong spring storm system will move across the Rockies and Plains states tonight through Tuesday night. Light snow will begin this evening and become more widespread and increase in intensity tonight and Tuesday morning. Gusty North winds of around 25 mph on Tuesday will produce areas of blowing and drifting snow and wind chills near 10 degrees above zero. Some locations could receive as much as 10 inches of snow by the time the snow diminishes Tuesday evening. Dry and warmer conditions will follow late in the week and persist through the weekend. Source: NWS

Weather Story: Nebraska


As depicted in the purple-shaded area above, a decent chunk of South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas appears in line to receive significant snowfall accumulations of potentially 6-12 inches between late tonight and late Tuesday night. This snow will actually arrive in two separate systems, as outlined in the black box above. The first round will affect mainly Nebraska from late tonight into Monday evening, and bring a fairly widespread 2-5 inches of snow. Unfortunately, the second system that will strike Monday night, Tuesday, and Tuesday night is looking stronger than the first one, and will feature heavier snowfall of 6-10 inches along with northerly winds of 20-25 MPH and higher gusts. All snowfall should be over with by sunrise Wednesday as the system moves off to the east. Source: NWS

UTAH and WYOMING

WINTER STORM TO IMPACT THE REGION

A STORM SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE REGION WILL KEEP WIDESPREAD SNOW GOING ACROSS MUCH OF UTAH AND SOUTHWEST WYOMING OVERNIGHT. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL EXIST OVER THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL MOUNTAINS. ALONG THE WESTERN VALLEYS NEAR THE I-15 CORRIDOR AND OVER EXTREME SOUTHWEST WYOMING. THIS STORM WILL MOVE EAST OF THE AREA BY EARLY TUESDAY BRINGING A GRADUAL END TO SNOW TUESDAY
MORNING. Source: NWS

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