Category Archives: Rocky Mountains

Strong winds, heavy snowfall boost avalanche risk west of Calgary

Parks Canada says natural avalanches are possible and human-triggered ones are likely in the Rocky Mountains because of Monday’s strong winds and Tuesday’s heavy snowfall.

Denver Weather: Stormy Week Ahead To Include Fog, Wind, Rain And Snow

DENVER (CBS4) – It looks like an active weather week ahead for Colorado as a large storm system currently over the Pacific Ocean moves inland. It will start to influence our forecast as early as tonight with rain and snow showers moving into southwest Colorado.

The National Weather Service has already issued a Winter Storm Watch for the southwest mountains and additional watches, advisories or warnings are likely as the storm gets closer to the state. This new weather maker will have the potential to drop a foot or more of snow in the San Juan Mountains.

Ahead of the approaching storm you can expect today’s weather to be similar to Saturday in most areas only without the strong wind. We anticipate scattered snow showers in the mountains along and north of Interstate 70. There is also a very small chance to see a stray rain or snow shower by this evening in metro Denver as a cool front passes by.

Monday will feature more clouds than sunshine across the state and the day could even start with some morning fog in Denver and on the eastern plains. Rain and snow showers will become widespread over the southern half of Colorado.

Then all eyes will be on the middle of the nation by Wednesday as the storm system crosses the Rocky Mountains and gains strength as it taps into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. There is the potential for blizzard conditions to develop in eastern Colorado as this all comes together by Wednesday. Denver and the Interstate 25 Urban Corridor will be on the western fringe so stay tuned to see how this materializes!

Latest Front Range Snow Totals From Friday Night’s Storm

DENVER (CBS4) – Bands of snow developed during the evening commute Friday and created a mess on the roads. Some places reported snowfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour in the heaviest bands.

Snow totals from CBS4 Weather Watchers as of mid-morning Saturday include…

9.0″ – E of Conifer (Bambi Moss)
9.0″ – Telluride Mountain Village (Jonathan Greenspan)
8.0″ – SE of Watkins (Meg Armstrong)
7.5″ – Centennial (Tom Rupprecht)
7.5″ – Highlands Ranch (Debbie Charlton)
7.0″ – E of Franktown (Phil Curry)
7.0″ – SW Lone Tree (Ron Hranac)
6.3″ – Parkhill area of Denver (Will Stockton)
6.0″ – Columbine West area of Littleton (Pam Bostwick)
6.0″ – SW Littleton (Mychele Smith)
5.9″ – Congress Park area of Denver (John Lamicq)
5.5″ – Thornton (Danny J Martinez)
5.3″ – Parker (Jeff Beavers)
5.0″ – West Arvada (Dave Pohlman)
4.5″ – S Parker (Irv Crump)
4.0″ – Lakewood (George Smith)
3.7″ – N of Brush (Diane Sprague)
3.5″ – North of Sterling (Ken Namuth)
3.1″ – Evergreen (Paul Luzetski)
3.0″ – N Colorado Springs (Steve Bennett)
3.0″ – Colorado Springs (Andrea Gibson)
2.8″ – NW Westminster (Tom Claeys)
2.5″ – Peetz (Wendi Oelke)
2.0″ – West of Wray (Nancy Rockwell)
1.0″ – Las Animas (Deb Clementi)
1.0″ – NE Alamosa (Ed Teem)

Here is a list of snow totals reported to the National Weather Service as of mid-morning on Saturday.

10.1″ – 7 miles NW of San Isabel
8.5″ – 2 miles WSW of Buckley Air Force Base
8.5″ – 2 miles SSW of Aurora
8.3″ – Denver International Airport
8.2″ – 4 miles S of Arapahoe Park
8.0″ – 6 miles ENE of Black Forest
7.8″ – Greenwood Village
7.5″ – 5 miles NE of Cherry Hills Village
7.5″ – 2 miles N of Highlands Ranch
7.5″ – 1 mile NNW of Lone Tree
7.5″ – 3 miles SE of Manitou Springs
7.0″ – Antero Reservoir
7.0″ – 3 miles SSW of Highlands Ranch
7.0″ – 1 mile NNW of Cheesman Reservoir
6.8″ – 3 miles N of Cherry Creek Reservoir
6.5″ – 1 mile SSE of Beulah
6.5″ – 2 miles ESE of Foxfield
6.5″ – 7 miles ESE of Texas Creek
6.5″ – 3 miles NNE of Englewood
6.0″ – 2 miles N of Black Forest
6.0″ – Columbine
6.0″ – 1 mile ENE of 11-Mile Canyon Reservoir
5.8″ – 1 mile ESE of Ken Caryl
5.5″ – 5 miles W of Westcliffe
5.5″ – 2 miles ESE of Lakewood
5.5″ – 1 mile NW of Ponderosa Park
5.5″ – 3 miles NNW of Parker
5.2″ – 1 mile W of Wheat Ridge
5.2″ – 5 miles SSE of the Air Force Academy
5.1″ – 3 miles SW of Ponderosa Park
5.0″ – 3 miles N of Shaffers Crossing
5.0″ – CBS4 Studio near downtown Denver
4.8″ – 2 miles SSW of Wetmore
4.8″ – 2 miles NE of Arvada
4.7″ – 1 mile W of Ken Caryl
4.6″ – 2 miles E of Parker
4.6″ – 2 miles SSW of Castle Rock
4.5″ – 5 miles N of Lamar
4.5″ – 1 mile E of Sterling
4.5″ – 1 mile SSW of Sterling
4.5″ – 4 miles S of Bennett
4.2″ – 1 mile E of Gary
4.2″ – 2 miles SSW of Westminster
4.0″ – Brighton
3.8″ – 3 miles SW of Holyoke
3.5″ – 3 miles SSW of Hillrose
3.4″ – 5 miles WSW of Walsenburg
3.4″ – 3 miles N of Henderson
3.4″ – 2 miles S of Peterson Air Force Base
3.4″ – 1 mile NNW of Woodland Park
3.2″ – 2 miles WSW of Northglenn
3.0″ – 3 miles SSE of Woodlin School
3.0″ – Crook
3.0″ – 1 mile NNE of Silverthorne
3.0″ – 1 mile WNW of Hugo
3.0″ – Dillon
2.8″ – 3 miles N of Milton Reservoir
2.8″ – Hugo
2.8″ – 3 miles W of Westminster
2.8″ – 5 miles E of White Ranch Open Space
2.5″ – 1 mile NE of Brookvale
2.4″ – 4 miles NE of Firestone
2.4″ – 2 miles SSE of Jamestown
2.3″ – 2 miles SE of Breckenridge
2.1″ – Rollinsville
2.0″ – 2 miles ESE of Fountain
2.0″ – 3 miles W of Blende
2.0″ – 3 miles S of Boulder
1.9″ – Erie
1.8″ – 4 miles NE of Blende (9 inch drifts reported)
1.8″ – 2 miles W of Louisville
1.6″ – 1 mile ENE of Boulder
1.6″ – 2 miles SSW of Elkdale
1.5″ – 3.6 miles WNW of Boulder
1.5″ – 2 miles ESE of Security
1.2″ – 2 miles W of Niwot
1.2″ – 1 mile NW of Pinewood Springs
1.1″ – 1 mile NNW of Hygiene
1.0″ – Williams Fork Reservoir
1.0″ – Nederland
1.0″ – 1 mile WNW of Crescent Village
0.4″ – 3 miles SW of Fort Collins
0.3″ – 2 miles NW of Loveland
0.3″ – 7 miles E of Virginia Dale
0.2″ – Campion
0.1″ – 1 mile SSW of Fort Collins

Heavy Snow In Southwest Colorado: People Urged To Clear Roofs

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Heavy snow in southwestern Colorado has closed schools and prompted a warning for people to shovel their roofs.

The Durango Herald reports that children in and around Durango got a second straight day off from school Friday because of the storm still hitting the area.

On man was spotted clearing snow from the sidewalk in a Storm Trooper suit.

“Move to Durango they said. The winters are mild compared to Hoth they said,” Hank Blum joked on Twitter.

A stretch of U.S. Highway 550 north of the city was also closed until crews can do avalanche control and clear the road.

Wolf Creek Ski Area, known for its big snowfall amounts, says the storm has brought 29 inches (74 centimeters) of snow over the last two days.

Wolf Creek Sees Nearly 5 Feet Of Snow In A Week, 314 Inches To Date

At least another foot or two can be expected by this weekend as a potent winter storm passes by southern Colorado.

The region was hit by a severe drought last year but conditions have eased a bit thanks to snow this winter.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Wolf Creek Sees Nearly 5 Feet Of Snow In A Week, 314 Inches To Date

DENVER (CBS4) – An active storm track has delivered a lot of snow to southern Colorado over the past week. Wolf Creek Ski Area recorded 55″ of snow in 7 days with 39″ falling from a single storm.

(credit: Wolf Creek Ski Area)

Season-to-date the ski area has measured 314″ of snow with more than 10 feet on the ground at mid-mountain and nearly 12 feet at the summit. At least another foot or two can be expected by this weekend as a potent winter storm passes by southern Colorado.

Denver Forecast: 48 Hours Of Cold, Occasional Light Snow Starts Tonight

DENVER (CBS4) – Our active weather weekend continues with another round of cold and snow on the way. As predicted, the first front brought cooler temperatures and a quick burst of snow showers Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, an intense snow squall near Denver International Airport caused nearly 50 vehicles to crash on Peña Boulevard. The squall left two inches of snow at the airport.


Today’s cold front will be much different in that it will bring even colder air with temperatures falling into the single digits and teens for at least 48 hours. We’ll also see occasional periods of light snow between Sunday night and Tuesday morning.

Southern Colorado will take the brunt of the snowfall from this storm with Winter Weather Advisories (purple) and Winter Storm Warnings (pink) in effect starting late Sunday and lasting into the morning hours on Tuesday. As of this posting, there were no advisories in effect for metro Denver, the adjacent foothills or the northeast plains, but that could change as the storm evolves.

The following maps show anticipated snow totals from the RPM and NAM models which were ran at 6 a.m. Sunday. As the storm evolves the model data will change so we encourage you to check back with CBS4 for updates.

The totals shown in the images below are for the period starting Sunday night and ending Tuesday morning. Main points for this storm include…

  • the southern half of Colorado will see higher totals on average
  • in metro Denver the highest totals will be in the foothills west of Denver
  • winter driving expected from Sunday night through Tuesday morning statewide