Sunday, November 13, 2011

Update on Colorado Wind (and Snow) Storm...

As the title of this post implies, the event over Colorado continues to be much more of a wind storm than that of a snow event. Extremely strong wind gusts over 100 mph have been observed overnight and early this morning, as shown on the latest storm report round-up below (click to enlarge).

The table on the left hand side of the image shows the reports ranked from highest to lowest in mph.  I've circled the tie for 1st place, with 115 mph recorded near Breckenridge and Frisco!

As you might imagine, the wind is making the snow depth difficult to measure (and that's putting it lightly).  So far, we have 3 reports of 5 or more inches of snow:  5.5 inches 1 mile Southeast of Steamboat Springs, 6 inches 12 miles North of Fortification and 8 inches just Northwest of Clark.

A variety of High Wind, Winter Storm and Blizzard Warnings continue across much of the region today:

It won't be quite as windy during the day today as compared to yesterday, especially along the front range and foothills West of Denver and Colorado Springs.  Sustained winds of 30-40 mph with gusts of 50-60 mph are still likely across the higher terrain of central and northwestern Colorado, and will taper off even in these areas during the afternoon and evening hours.

In general, an additional 2-4 inches of new snow can be expected in the higher elevations today, with localized amounts near 6 inches possible in the Winter Storm Warning areas.  Regardless of the amount, any additional snowfall being driven by the strong winds will create white out conditions in many areas.

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