National Weather Summary for Monday, February 1, 2016
by WeatherOps, on Feb 1, 2016 3:37:22 AM
Moderate to heavy snow is likely across Western Colorado. Heavy snow is likely across the Colorado Front Range. Heavy snow and blizzard conditions are possible across the Central Great Plains.
Western Colorado: Heavy snow over the western Colorado Rocky Mountains will continue throughout the day Monday as deep Pacific moisture and cold Canadian air continue to flow into the region. Widespread snowfall accumulations of 6-8 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts in excess of 14 inches possible in some locations. Accumulations will likely exceed 12 inches in the higher elevations.
Colorado Front Range: A significant winter storm is expected to begin impacting the Colorado Front Range Monday morning, with conditions deteriorating throughout the day. Widespread snowfall accumulations of 8-12 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts in excess of 16 inches possible in some locations. In addition to this heavy snowfall, winds of 15-25 MPH, along with higher gusts, will lead to near blizzard conditions, especially over eastern Colorado near the Kansas border. Travel conditions are expected to be treacherous by Monday afternoon, with conditions not likely to begin improving until Tuesday afternoon.
Central Plains: During the afternoon hours, snow will spread north and east into parts of Kansas, Nebraska, and eventually South Dakota and Iowa. Widespread accumulations of 8-14 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts in excess of 16 inches possible in some locations. In addition to these heavy snowfall totals, strong winds of 25-35 MPH, along with gusts in excess of 40 MPH, will likely lead to blizzard conditions. Travel will likely become nearly impossible by late Monday night, with conditions not likely to begin improving until Wednesday. It should be noted that given the high dependence of snowfall amounts on the eventual track of the surface low, something that is still somewhat uncertain, a small shift in the track of this low could result in significant changes in the forecast snowfall totals for a given location.