What to expect from today's winter storm

Posted at 6:51 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 14:55:18-04

Snow has already started falling from northern El Paso County to Denver, and conditions are only expected to worsen through the afternoon.

Snow Timing & Expected Road Conditions

As the day goes on, snow will spread and intensify through southern Colorado. Light snow will turn heavy by and after lunch today, and only to continue through midnight.

Snow will start to fall around lunchtime in the Pikes Peak Region first, and then spread south to and through Pueblo by 1 to 2 pm. Trinidad and areas east of Pueblo will see snow fall between 1 to 3 pm. Snow will continue falling through early Wednesday morning, lasting a bit longer for areas east in the plains.

Strong winds gusting over 30 mph through the afternoon and evening will lead to near zero visibility on the roads with wind chills plummeting to and below zero overnight. The roads will be cold enough to collect snow from the minute it falls. Snowfall rates will decrease after midnight, but it'll be incredibly difficult to drive tonight through Wednesday morning.

Pikes Peak Region Snowfall

Heavy snow will fall in the Pikes Peak Region from 1 pm through 10 pm tonight, with a lighter snow expected after midnight to 6 am Wednesday. The winds will be gusting into the 30 and 40 mph range later today and tonight, leading to limited visibility while driving and easily drifting snow.

Pueblo, Canon City, and Wet Mountain Snowfall

Some of the heaviest snow in the region will fall in and around the Wet Mountains later today through Wednesday morning. Northerly winds will mean the north face of the Wet Mountains will see the biggest snowfall through Wednesday morning. Highway 50 will be dangerous to drive on through Wednesday morning due to heavy snow, and strong northerly winds blowing snow across the road.

Southern I-25 Corridor Snowfall

This system has shifted north away from Walsenburg and Trinidad, but heavy snow is still expected today through Wednesday morning. The heaviest snow will fall from Walsenburg to Aguilar, as well as highway 160 out to La Veta. Gusty winds over 30 mph will make travel very dangerous today and tonight.

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