3 Snowstorms Hitting Colorado

Snow Alert: Trio of Snowstorms Could Drop 30+ Inches in Colorado

Colorado is gearing up for a series of significant snowstorms, as forecasted by renowned meteorologist Chris Tomer. According to Tomer, three distinct storm systems are set to sweep across the state through January 15th, potentially mitigating the current snowpack deficit that has troubled the region this season.

The Incoming Snow Barrage

Tomer’s analysis outlines an imminent ‘snow blitz’ starting with Storm #1, hitting the area today through January 8th. Storm #2, expected from January 9th to 11th, promises to be a powerhouse, bringing 70mph wind gusts and heavy snow, transitioning into rain or a rain-snow mix at major resorts. The final act, Storm #3, is forecasted for January 12th to 15th, with its intensity and specifics still evolving.

Significant snowfall has already blanketed Steamboat Springs, receiving 14 inches in the last 24 hours and 19 inches over 48 hours. This “bonus snow” sets the stage for what’s to come. The heaviest accumulations are expected in Wolf Creek (31 inches), Crested Butte, and Steamboat Springs (27 inches each), followed closely by Telluride and Silverton.

A Welcome Respite

This flurry of snowstorms comes as a relief to Colorado, which has been experiencing below-average snowfall and snowpack levels this season – ranging between 56% to 77% of the 10-year average. The incoming snow is crucial not only for replenishing the state’s water resources amid ongoing drought conditions but also for boosting winter sports activities, a vital aspect of Colorado’s tourism and lifestyle.

Navigating the Winter Wonderland: Safety First

As the state prepares for this winter wonderland, it’s essential to prioritize safety. For those traveling, it’s advised to:

  • Check your vehicle for winter-readiness, including tire tread and pressure, battery health, and antifreeze levels.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car, including blankets, flashlights, water, and snacks.
  • Stay informed about road conditions and closures.

 

Outdoor enthusiasts, particularly skiers and snowboarders, must be vigilant about avalanche risks, which escalate following heavy snowfall. Key tips include:

  • Checking the local avalanche forecasts.
  • Never venturing into backcountry terrain alone.
  • Carrying avalanche safety equipment like beacons, shovels, and probes.

 

These snowstorms bring much-needed respite and excitement to Colorado but underscore the importance of preparedness and safety. As we embrace the winter gifts, let’s do so with caution and respect for nature’s power.

Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.

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