Storm brings snow to Colorado |

Storm brings snow to Colorado

Nicole Inglis

— Craig residents weren’t the only people brushing off their cars and bundling up against cold winter temperatures Tuesday morning.

A strong storm system stationed at the four corners brought widespread snow to Colorado, which will continue tonight and tomorrow and taper off by the weekend.

Bryon Lawrence, a National Weather Service forecaster in Grand Junction, said the storm has strong up-sloping tendencies, which means most of the moisture will be concentrated in the Front Range.

“This is a very big storm system, and it’s very widespread,” he said. “Right now, it’s producing some moderate snowfall in western Colorado. But the place that’s really getting hammered is the Front Range and the Denver metro area.”

The storm system is moving northeast while it spirals counter-clockwise, pushing the moisture over Denver and up into the foothills, where there have been reports of more than a foot of winter precipitation, Lawrence said.

Denver woke up to about 6 inches of snow, which caused traffic jams, accidents and school and business closures.

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“And it’s not over yet,” Lawrence said. “We expect snow to continue through tonight and tomorrow.”

Because of the size of the storm, the Yampa Valley is no exception.

Lawrence said Northwest Colorado could see a total of 4 to 6 inches before the system works its way east Friday.

“The storm will take its time exiting to the east,” he said. “By Friday and Saturday, things will improve and become close to normal. Highs will be around 50 with lows in the 20s. Sunday and Monday are looking really decent.”

He said snow before November is nothing out of the ordinary for Craig, while Grand Junction saw its earliest snowfall in 15 years.

Currently, the weather service is predicting an equal chance for above average, normal or below average snowfall this winter.

By the numbers

Snow totals:

• Baggs, Wyo.: trace to 1 inch

• Steamboat Springs: 2 inches

• Snow totals were not available for Craig