Colorado weather forecast: Winds to 50 mph create areas of zero visibility

8:23 PM, Mar 10, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA- Saturday's snow forecast came true for many places on the Front Range, while other places fell short, according to the Colorado weather forecast. So what happened? Where's the snow? And what's next?

Let's start with Northern Colorado. Dry downsloping northerly winds caused an area of limited snow over Fort Collins, where they saw less than 3 inches of snow. Any potential snow evaporated before arriving at the surface, but cities just to the south received more. Berthoud had 5.1" of accumulation, and Carter Lake saw 8.0" by late Saturday afternoon.

For the Denver metro area 6 to 10 inches of snow fell, but with melting and compaction (due to the wet nature of the snow) less than that piled up at any one time in some locations.


So it's Sunday and now what? Snow melt is in the forecast with sunny skies and warmer temperatures.  Breezy northerly winds and fresh snow will still cause a chilly end to the weekend.

Although blizzard warnings have expired on the plains, icy roads and strong winds will cause adverse travel conditions. Wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow.

The mostly dry weather will stick around through St. Patrick's Day weekend. Mountain communities could see another chance for isolated snow showers Monday evening into Tuesday.

For the rest of the work week, temperatures will gradually warm up in the 50s, then 60s, and even 70s are possible by Friday.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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