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Winter Blog: Dangerous and slow morning commutes as the snow ends through sunrise

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Pikes Peak Region Snow Accumulation
Arkansas River Valley Snow Accumulations
Southern I-25 Corridor Snow Accumulation
Snow Accumulation
Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories
Posted at 9:36 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 09:51:33-05

Live Weather Blog:
Snow will continue to fall through the early morning hours. Most roadways in the region are completely covered in snow, making any overnight and morning drives dangerous and slow.

7 a.m. Passenger traction law in effect on Highway 24 in Teller County:

6:45 a.m. Roads still very slick in the Pueblo area:

6 a.m. A few more snow reports to share:

5 a.m. Road clean up in progress:

This is a shot of Powers at Barnes road, there's still tons of snow on the roads with a slick layer of ice underneath.

3:35 a.m. Snow totals so far:
We only have a handful of snow reports from last night, and a lot of them are from around 6 to 10 pm.

Snow reports 2.18.21
Snow reports from last night through 2/18/21

Since a lot of these totals are a bit old and we've had constant overnight snow, we could use some new measurements!

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3:30 a.m. Track Road Conditions:
Most roadways in southern Colorado remain fully to partially covered in snow and ice.

Garden of the Gods CDOT
Garden of the Gods Road 2/18/21

You can track road conditions with CDOT here. Take it slow this morning and bring warm gear in case you were to slide off the road or get stuck in the snow.

3 a.m. Snow still falling but dwindling down:

Most areas have seen the worst of our snow from last night, but any extra light fluff through the morning will only add to the already messy commute.

10:15 p.m. Record cold putting strain on utilities in Colorado and across the country

Record cold putting strain on utilities in Colorado and across the country

9:30 p.m. Closings and delays for Thursday

Closings and Delays

7:15 p.m. Wednesday night forecast

Heavy bursts of snow & thundersnow possible into Thursday morning

6:50 p.m. Projections for Thursday morning

6:05 p.m. Latest on conditions in Colorado Springs

A look at Wednesday night conditions in Colorado Springs

5:30 p.m. Live look at traffic and road conditions in Colorado Springs

5:05 p.m. Full call-out in Colorado Springs

4:30 p.m. Dumping snow in Manitou Springs

4:15 p.m. Latest on potential for thundersnow

Potential for thundersnow tonight

3:05 p.m. Thundersnow possible

2:40 p.m. Colorado Springs goes back on Accident Alert status.

2:10 p.m. A heavy batch of snow is right over the Colorado Springs metro area this afternoon...from just south of Monument down to Fountain.

1:50 p.m. The storm has arrived and parts of Colorado Springs are already getting dumped on, with heavy snowfall and poor visibility.

10 a.m. What is coming tonight:
Snow will start falling this afternoon over the mountains and then spread east into the I-25 corridor and adjacent plains through the overnight hours.

Snow Accumulation
Snow Accumulation for 2/17 - 2/18 2021

The challenging part of this forecast is that we could see pockets of convective snow, or thundersnow!

Thundersnow would be most likely over the Rampart Range, the Wet Mountains, and the central to southern Sangre De Cristos and could lead to very high snow totals over a very small area.

Pikes Peak Region Snow Accumulation
Snowfall in the Pikes Peak Region from tonight through Thursday 2/18/2021

In the Pikes Peak Region, the heaviest snow should fall in western El Paso and eastern Teller Counties. That's the most likely area for thundersnow, and that's where some of the heaviest and most unpredictable snow could fall.

This will lead to really slick and dangerous times in the mountains, but even 2 to 3 inches overnight in central and eastern Colorado Springs could lead to really slow and messy commutes Thursday morning.

Arkansas River Valley Snow Accumulations
Snow totals in the Arkansas River Valley/Pueblo area through Thursday morning 2/18/2021

We will still get pretty healthy snow to fall over the Highway 50 corridor in the Arkansas River Valley, but some of the heaviest snow will likely fall over the Wet Mountains and surrounding towns like Rye, Beulah, and San Isabel.

Thundersnow is possible over the Wet Mountains, and if that happens, we could see some really isolated but high snow totals.

Southern I-25 Corridor Snow Accumulation
Snow in the Sangre De Cristos and southern I-25 corridor through Thursday 2/18/2021.

Some of the heaviest snow in the region will fall on the southern Sangre De Cristos and the surrounding towns.

Thundersnow is very possible along the Sangres, which could help lead to heavy snow totals in towns like La Veta and Cuchara.

The roads will get very snow covered and icy quickly tonight and morning commutes will be incredibly difficult, especially for passes like La Veta and Cuchara.

9:30 a.m. Winter Storm Warning and Advisories in effect:

Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories
Winter Storm Warnings (pink) and Advisories (purple) are in effect through Thursday at 5 AM.

Winter storm warnings and advisories are in effect through 5 a.m. Thursday.

The heaviest snow will fall in the winter storm warnings over the Sangres at 10,000 feet and above. In the advisories, the heaviest snow will fall at elevations of 7,000 feet or higher.

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