‘Inch an hour’: Snow forecast intensifies over Colorado Front Range, travel issues possible

While the storm hitting Colorado on Friday will knock snow accumulations far from the multiple feet that landed in parts of the state earlier this month, deeper totals in some heavily populated areas could cause travel issues.

Although previous forecasts showed the highest totals during this Friday snow wave falling in the central and northern highlands, snowfall has now changed and is expected to drop by around six inches in areas west of the I-25 corridor.

The most up-to-date mapping now shows totals of up to six inches landing in the foothills near Castle Rock and southwest of Denver, with buildup in the three to four inch range along the I- 25 between Castle Rock and Colorado Springs. That’s not a lot, but since snow is expected to fall at a rate of about an inch per hour at times in windy conditions, it could cause travel issues along that stretch of highway.

See a forecast snow forecast map below:

At noon, traffic cameras in the Castle Rock area show roads that appear wet, but not snow-covered. That can change quickly with more snow on the way.

Conditions near Castle Rock as of 12:18 p.m.  Photo: CDOT traffic camera.

Conditions near Castle Rock as of 12:18 p.m. Photo: CDOT traffic camera.

Find official travel alerts on the National Weather Service website. No winter weather alerts or watches were posted Friday morning, although “high wind warnings” were activated in the southeast corner of the state and along parts of the eastern plains.

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