Spring Blizzard to Hit Denver and Surrounding Suburbs: 3-6″ of Snow and Hazardous Travel Conditions

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Snow accumulation for the Rockies and Plains Regions by Midnight Mountain Time on Thursday Night. Note a reduction in snow along the foothills/west of I-25 due to downslope winds.

Denver is under a blizzard warning beginning tomorrow at noon, which should coincide with the beginning of snowfall that will drop 3-6″ across most of the metro area!

A similar storm system to the one experienced last month will bring high winds, low visibility, and snow to Denver and the front range. Snow will start around noon tomorrow and will continue through noon on Thursday. The highest amounts of snow will be to the east, south, and far west (foothills) of the metro area. This storm is expected to have downslope wind flow that will likely reduce the amount of snow west of I-25 compared to other areas (can be seen above in snowfall totals map).

Remember: A blizzard does not mean that a lot of snow will fall. The definition of a blizzard is a storm with “considerable falling or blowing snow” and winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than 1/4 mile for at least 3 hours. So, even though snow totals are lighter than the most recent blizzard, travel conditions will still be as hazardous and there is the possibility of wind damage to trees and other objects.

Current DWP Storm Rating: 4/5 – intense: stay at home if possible and ride out with case of beer/couple bottles of wine. Blizzards: for times when you want day-drinking to be socially acceptable.

Updates will be made leading up to and during the storm.

-Andrew

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