NWS predicts up to 24 inches of snow on some Colorado peaks

Thursday rolled around and the wintry weather came roaring through Colorado, with big totals expected in parts of the state.

Mountains along the Front Range, those in central Colorado and the northern peaks are all expected to be hit with heavy snowfall through Saturday morning, but the deepest totals are expected to land in the southwest.

National Weather Service mapping shows the mountains east of Pagosa Springs (Wolf Creek Ski Area) could see up to two feet of snow over the next two days.

Check out the statewide forecast for snowfall expected to occur during the most likely scenario on the map below and keep scrolling for the “high end” snowfall forecast:







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The most likely snowfall scenario through Saturday morning, according to the NWS. Map credit: National Weather Service.


The National Weather Service’s high-end snowfall forecast map shows a small portion of the area west of Pagosa Springs can receive up to 30 inches of snow, while showing that deeper totals could be much more widespread. In this high-end scenario, Front Range cities would also get a higher accumulation, which could impact travel.







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The premium snowfall forecast map. Map credit: National Weather Service.


Popular snow forecast website OpenSnow predicts up to 20 inches in the Wolf Creek Ski Area and up to 15 inches in the Steamboat area over the next five days. The Wolf Creek ski area is set to open this Friday, while Steamboat’s opening day is currently scheduled for November 23, although that could change.

Recent snow has helped a number of Colorado resorts open for the season, including Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Winter Park and Loveland.

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