Record Snow Forecast for May in Colorado Springs | New
Colorado Springs could see up to 3 inches of snow Monday night in what would be a record amount of powder snow for May 10, the weather service said.
The record-breaking May 10 snowfall hit half an inch in 2006, weather service data showed.
Areas of northern El Paso County and eastern parts of Teller County, particularly elevations above 7,500 feet, could see between 6 and 10 inches of snow, said Stephen Hodanish, meteorologist for the National Weather Service .
“It will surely snow and could fall heavy,” Hodanish said. “There could be impacts, so people are going to have to use common sense and take it slow.”
But Hodanish said most of the snow in Colorado Springs could melt by midday Tuesday.
“We’re going to get some much needed rainfall and it’s going to help fight the drought,” Hodanish said. “It’s not going to end it, but it will help him.”
The snow could bring up to 1.5 inches of liquid to vegetation around the area, Hodanish said.
Even though the storm could break daily snowfall records, snow in early May is not uncommon, said Peter Goble, climatologist and drought specialist at the Colorado Climate Center.
“It doesn’t give more benefit than a cool, soaked rain,” Goble said. “But I expect it to continue to improve the drought conditions.”
Colorado has exceeded average precipitation by one inch in the past six months, but over the past 12 months, the state’s precipitation has measured 4 inches less than average levels thanks to a summer and fall. dry, Goble said.
Colorado Springs drivers need to be especially careful between 10 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday, wrote Corey Rivera, a snow feeder for Colorado Springs, in a new statement.
“Elevation will play a major role in snow totals as well as precipitation intensity,” Rivera wrote. “Light snow showers will likely melt on contact, while heavier snow will accumulate faster than it can melt, resulting in a forecast of disorderly snow accumulation and a wide range of potential accumulations.”
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