While the East Coast basks in summerlike weather, heavy snow is on the horizon for Colorado and Wyoming.
As a storm dives through the Rockies on Friday, snow will intensify over the Tetons and expand over the rest of Wyoming.
“Accumulating snow will track south from Wyoming through Friday, and a rain-snow mix will impact the evening rush in the Denver area,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Brown.
While there are no ski resorts still operating in Wyoming, many resorts in Colorado will reap the benefits of the snowfall and an extended season.
“Later Friday evening and into the overnight hours, precipitation will change to all snow throughout Colorado,” said Brown.
Much of the state will be blanketed with at least an inch of accumulation by Saturday evening.
“Unpaved surfaces will see the greatest accumulations, but overall, 1-3 inches of snow can be expected in the Denver area,” said Brown.
While it may seem late in the season for snowfall, parts of Colorado are actually behind on their normal snow amounts.
“Denver has received only 0.1 of an inch of snow since March 1, compared to the average of 17.3 inches,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson.
Areas along and west of the Front Range can expect the most snowfall, with up to a foot possible along the Swatch Range.
Winter Park and Purgatory Resorts are projected to close on Sunday, April 30, according to onthesnow.com. These resorts will be shutting down for the season on Sunday with up to 6 inches of fresh powder on the slopes.
Loveland Resort doesn’t expect to close until May 7, while Arapahoe Basin has set their final day as June 6.
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Interstate 70 west of Denver will become slippery with the onset of snow on Friday night.
“As a result of the steady snow overnight, weekend warriors with travel plans early Saturday morning should allow for some extra travel time,” said Brown.
“There could be an intense snow band that takes shape near I-25 and the New Mexico-Colorado state line, resulting in significantly reduced visibility.”
This snowfall is unlikely to stick around as temperatures quickly rebound into the 50s and 60s F early next week, mainly in the lower elevations.