Another round of snow returning to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday and Wednesday will be a setback for travelers but a boon to ski resorts nearing the end of the season.
The next storm follows a wind-swept snow event on Friday, which shut down portions of interstates 25 and 70 in Colorado.
“A storm will strengthen as it dips through the Rockies, promoting an area of heavy snow over the mountains of western and central Colorado and northern New Mexico,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts said.
A significant drop in temperatures similar to what occurred last week is not anticipated during this event. This will keep the snow mainly confined to the highest peaks, with snow levels expected to remain above 8,000 feet.
Snow will arrive late Monday night as the storm approaches from the west. The heaviest snow will fall during Tuesday and Tuesday night across the Rockies.
“Feet of snow could accumulate on the highest peaks of central Colorado through Wednesday,” Eherts said.
Wintry weather will sink southward into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico during Tuesday night.
“With projected ski resort closing days quickly approaching, this snowstorm is good news for ski resorts,” Eherts said.
“However, anyone venturing into the mountains to take advantage of the fresh snow should plan for dangerous road conditions and possible closures,” Eherts said. “Travel on Interstate 70 west of Denver will become slick and snowpacked.”
A chilly rain is in store across the Front Range with little threat for snow.
Motorists along the I-25 corridor from Denver to Pueblo will avoid the risk of slushy and snow-covered roads, but could face ponding of water and the enhanced threat of hydroplaning at highway speeds.
“While snow could mix with the rain in Denver, a complete changeover to snow is not expected,” Eherts said.
Temperatures just above or near freezing Tuesday night would provide the best opportunity for some wet snowflakes to mix in across the city and the surrounding Front Range.
By Wednesday, highs struggling to reach 50 degrees Fahrenheit from Denver to Colorado Springs and Pueblo will feel even lower thanks to blustery conditions behind the storm.
While winds will not blow as strong around this storm, gusty conditions could still result in blowing snow and reduced visibility.
As snow falls to the north and west side of the storm, the threat for severe weather and flash flooding will be elevated in the warm, unstable air ahead of the storm over Oklahoma and Texas.