April 13, 2021

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Denver weather: Up to 8 more inches of snow possible as storm settles in over I-25 corridor – The Denver Post

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Denver could see up to 8 more inches of snow Sunday as the winter storm settles in over the metro. The slow-moving system already dumped about 6 inches since Saturday in some parts of the city, while northern Colorado’s totals were in the double digits.

The storm is expected to be more intense Sunday as it works its way along the Interstate 25 corridor, National Weather Service meteorologist Zach Hiris said.

“Now that we’re in that upslope flow we’re going to see steady moderate to heavy snow across the area,” he said.

Travel across the area will become nearly impossible, and the heavy, wet snow could cause power outages, according to the weather service. Already, Interstate 70 had been closed in both directions Saturday through the mountains; it reopened Sunday. Other roads, including Interstate 25 north of Fort Collins, remained closed Sunday.

Forecasters updated their snowfall forecast at 9:30 a.m. Sunday to say up to 8 more inches of snow could fall in Denver — an increase from the maximum of 6 inches they predicted about 3:30 a.m.

Cities in northern Colorado saw more snow than Denver overnight and into Sunday morning, with reports of up to 15 inches in the Fort Collins area, according to the weather service. Northern Colorado and towns in the foothills like Boulder and Evergreen could see up to 8 more inches of snow through Sunday night. Boulder has an estimated a 52% chance of getting more than a foot of snow Sunday.

To the south, the Colorado Springs area is expected to get up to 6 more inches of snow.

The unequal range of snowfall totals is due to the storm’s north-to-south movement and its slower than expected start, Hiris said.

Sunday will become windier, too, with winds across the Interstate 25 corridor possibly gusting up to 30 mph during the storm, according to the National Weather Service. The wind gusts will also make it feel up to 15 degrees colder than the actual temperatures, which are expected to remain in the low 30s in Denver.

The storm didn’t deliver much more snow to ski areas in the central mountains than in the Denver metro, according to On the Snow. Copper Mountain received 4 inches over the past 24 hours, Vail received 3 inches and Keystone received 6 inches.

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