DENVER SNOWSTORM: Heavy snow around Denver could last more than 5 hour…

DENVER SNOWSTORM: Heavy snow around Denver could last more than 5 hour…

DENVER (KDVR) — It depends on where you are located for when you will start to see snow on Wednesday, but the storm is not expected to be a super windy one.

Wind speeds are forecast at 10 to 15 mph in the Denver metro during the day but pick up a bit into the evening with gusts up to 25 mph possible. Higher winds will be west of Denver and southwest across US 285 with gusts up to 40 mph in the mountains.

Stronger snowstorm: Why this system will be different

As this is a snow banding event and the upslope flow is out of the east, west and south of Denver will see the most accumulation but other areas such as the Eastern Plains will not see much pile up.

Timing of snow in the state

Snow will start overnight in the northern mountains in Routt and Jackson counties and slowly move down to the Interstate 70 mountain corridor into the early morning hours. If you’re heading up to the slopes, expect a snowy and slick excursion but fresh powder when you drop in.

The latter half of the morning commute could be affected by snow and slick conditions north of Denver up in Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley.

The storm slides south and east by lunchtime which will affect the Denver metro area. If you’re heading out to grab a bite or walk the dog, you could see some impact by then. The heaviest and most extensive snowfall is expected into the evening excursion into the 9 p.m. -10 p.m. hour and lightening up after midnight.

Nearly 15 degrees above average Tuesday, snow moves in Wednesday

The snow shifts from metro Denver to the south overnight and will be mostly dry for the Thursday morning commute. Although roads will nevertheless be snowpacked and slick.

Snow totals around the Denver metro area

The Front Range and foothills are forecast to get the most snow but here are some specific location totals:

  • Central Denver: 1 – 4 inches
  • Southside (SE Aurora/Parker): 4 – 5 inches
  • Northeast (Montbello, Central Park): 2 – 3 inches
  • West of Denver (Lakewood, Littleton, Ken Caryl): 4 – 5 inches

How to prepare for Wednesday’s snowstorm

South and west of Denver will see the heaviest fall and could see secluded pockets of 6 inches. The foothills including Castle Rock are looking at 7 inches and northwest of Denver, closer to and near the foothills in places like Boulder, Broomfield and Arvada could build up 3 to 7 inches.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service has not issued a winter storm advisory but Pinpoint Weather Team meteorologist Jessica Lebel is monitoring the possibility of one being issued later in the afternoon.

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