Nov 15, 2009 7:19 AM by Jamie Smith
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch, which remains in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday evening for the Sangre de Cristo and Wet mountains, the Wet Mountain Valley, southern and eastern Fremont county, and the I-25 corridor from Colorado Springs southward to the Colorado-New Mexico border.
Snow is expected to develop late Saturday evening and last into Sunday evening. Significant snowfall amounts will be possible, with the heaviest snow falling along the favored northeast facing slopes of the Wet mountains and Sangre de Cristo mountains. Gusty north to northeast winds may cause reduced visibilities in blowing and drifting snow, especially on Sunday.
The Central mountains will have the potential of seeing another 1 to 5 inches today, while other higher mountain areas should just note a few inches today. For tonight, expect that the the Western and Central mountains will continue to experience snow, heavy at times, with localized additional snow amounts in excess of 6 inches anticipated. Also for tonight, snow heavy at times will also be possible over portions of Teller county and the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
Northern El Paso county as well as portions of Crowley and Kiowa counties should start seeing accumulating snow tonight, with 1 to 3 inches of snow expected these areas Sunday morning. The remainder of the I-25 corridor should experience little to no snow through Sunday morning. Snow in those areas are expected to increase Sunday into Sunday night. Exact snow amounts are still not sure yet, due to the uncertainty with the storm track.
Traveling this weekend in these areas may be difficult. If possible, it would be best to consider traveling at another time. For your latest weather conditions, check out the News First 5 Weather Page. For current information on traffic, you can check our News First 5 Traffic page.
The National Weather Service defines a Winter Storm Watch when there is the potential for severe winter weather conditions to develop. Winter storms may have strong winds and reduced visibility due to heavy snowfall and blowing snow. Snow accumulations of over 6 inches across the Plains and High valleys, or over 8 inches in the Mountains may occur.