Winter Weather advisory in effect for parts of Colorado’s high country

Posted at 10:27 AM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 21:47:13-04
Rabbit Ears pass<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-289053">Photo of Rabbit Ears pass on June 21, 2019. (Photo courtesy of CDOT)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of Colorado’s northern mountains due to a summer storm that has already brought accumulating snow to some areas.

The National Weather Service is expecting heavy snow to fall above 10,000 feet, with 4-10 inches possible. Conditions are expected to become especially treacherous from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Sunday.

However, the storm is already impacting Rocky Mountain National Park, one of Colorado’s most popular summer attractions. The park has already closed Trail Ridge Road for the day as a precaution.

CDOT cameras captured snow stacking up on Rabbit Ears pass southeast of Steamboat Springs earlier Friday morning, and Steamboat Resort posted a photo showing a wintry scene on the mountain for the first day of summer.

The National Weather Service said conditions could become dangerous on I-70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel as well as Highway 40 over Berthoud Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass.