Swaths of Colorado are facing winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories, and parts of the state could see more than a foot of snow.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday to 5 p.m. local time on Wednesday, with the warning applying mostly to the northeastern part of the state, including areas around Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and more.
But the storm could cross more than 1,700 miles of the United States, moving all the way to parts of Michigan.
Here’s what you need to know as winter weather intensifies this week.
Where will the winter storm hit Colorado and other states?
The storm will stretch over the Four Corners region and continue to impact Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Green Bay, Wisconsin and even covering parts of Michigan by Thursday, according to AccuWeather and the National Weather Service.
How much snow should Colorado expect?
Different cities in Colorado will see different snow accumulations. The weather service’s forecast as of 1:37 p.m. on Tuesday is:
- Fort Collins: 8-12 inches
- Greeley: 8-12 inches
- Estes Park: 6-8 inches
- Red Feather Lakes: 8-12 inches
- Boulder: 8-12 inches
- Denver: 8-12 inches
- Denver International Airport: 8-12 inches
- Fort Morgan: 8-12 inches
- Sterling: 8-12 inches
- Julesburg: 12-18 inches
- Holyoke: 12-18 inches
- Akron: 12-18 inches
- Wray: 8-12 inches
- Cheyenne, Wyoming: 6-8 inches
What if I need to travel?
A winter storm warning “indicates that heavy snow of at least 6 inches in 12 hours, or at least 8 inches in 24 hours, is expected,” according to the National Weather Service. But if you have travel plans in the area in the coming days, you should know that a warning “indicates that conditions pose a threat to life or property, and that travel will become difficult to impossible.”
- The National Weather Service in Denver said people should “Expect difficult overnight
travel, with treacherous conditions continuing through Wednesday.”