Winter Storm Warning : Blizzard Coming to Colorado

Oh sweet baby powder Jesus, there’s a snowstorm coming to Colorado. Brace yourself, NOAA just issued a winter storm warning for portions of Colorado that may produce up to two feet of pow in the high country. As of Monday, The Weather Channel named this approaching storm, Ajax, marking it the first major snowstorm of winter 2015-2016 that's big enough to be named. Ajax is currently puking its way through the Rockies, and will likely drop the most snow in the Front Range of Colorado with 10 to 20 inches forecasted to fall between now and Tuesday.

Winter Storm Warning

This storm already dumped about foot of fresh at Mammoth Mountain, and now as it makes its way west, Ajax already dropped 10 inches at Wolf Creek in southwestern Colorado.

Winter Storm Warning 2015

Read on for the official storm warning from NOAA and stay tuned to Powder Alerts as this storm continues to produce the goods.

From NOAA:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
1027 AM MST MON NOV 16 2015

…STORM BRINGING HEAVY SNOW TO PORTIONS OF THE HIGH COUNTRY AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TO MUCH OF NORTHEAST COLORADO TONIGHT AND TUESDAY…

.A STRONG WINTER STORM WILL MOVE ACROSS COLORADO TONIGHT AND INTO WESTERN KANSAS BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE STORM IS LIKELY TO PRODUCE HEAVY SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS AND THEN SNOW AND VERY STRONG WINDS ON THE PLAINS. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP IN AREAS ROUGHLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 76 TONIGHT…WITH CONDITIONS SLOWLY IMPROVING FROM WEST TO EAST DURING THE DAY TUESDAY. WINTER TRAVEL CONDITIONS CAN BE EXPECTED TO QUICKLY DETERIORATE IN THE MOUNTAINS THIS AFTERNOON AND ON THE HIGH PLAINS THIS EVENING.

THE WORST CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR FROM THE SOUTHERN AND EASTERN SECTIONS OF THE DENVER METRO AREA EAST TOWARDS LIMON AND AKRON. IN THESE AREAS ROAD CLOSURES ARE LIKELY DUE TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND DRIFTING OF HEAVY SNOW. SOME PLACES MAY RECEIVE OVER A FOOT OF SNOW ALONG WITH WIND GUSTS TO AROUND 55 MPH. IN AREAS NORTH OF INTERSTATE 76 SNOWFALL WILL BE LIGHTER…BUT STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WILL STILL LIKELY PRODUCE EXTENSIVE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.

Winter Weather 2015

Blizzard conditions in Colorado. Photo: Aaron Dodds.

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