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Another round of snow burying the Colorado Rockies into Wednesday will be a setback for travelers but a boon to ski resorts nearing the season's end.
The storm follows a windswept snow event to end last week, 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.
The snow began over the San Juan mountains of southwestern Colorado on Monday night and sank southward into the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico during Tuesday night. The snow will taper off across the central and southern Rockies throughout Wednesday.
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 higher terrain.
By Wednesday afternoon, over a foot of snow could accumulate in the highest peaks of the Rockies.
Enough cold air was pulled down from the north for rain to mix with snow across the Front Range, including Denver and Colorado Springs, 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.”
Travel will also become treacherous along I-25 from Trinidad, Colorado, to Raton, New Mexico, with several inches of snow expected.
Most of the Front Range escaped the substantial snow, but not the blustery winds that will hold AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures about 10-20 degrees below actual temperatures.
"A chilly northeasterly flow will develop into Wednesday for eastern Colorado with wind gusts between 30-40 mph," Rossio said.
Another accumulating snow event will take shape over the Colorado Rockies during Friday and Saturday.
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