Snow to fall in metro Denver into Saturday
DENVER — More snow developed across metro Denver late Friday afternoon. It kept falling overnight into Saturday.
“Denver could see another 1-3 inches with as much as 2-4 inches across the southern metro areas like Castle Rock, Parker & Highlands Ranch, says Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser. “A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for the metro until 5 a.m. Saturday for the additional snow and slick roads.
A storm that had already dumped several feet of snow in Colorado’s mountains arrived in Denver on Thursday night, and continued to dump snow on the city into Saturday morning.
Light snow with little accumulation is possible Saturday afternoon and evening. Sunday looks fairly sunny but cold with the high only getting to about 30 degrees.
Next week looks very wintry.
“We have more snow developing late Monday night and lasting through the end of the week. It won’t snow the entire time, but snow is possible each and every day,” Fraser says.
“The best day for accumulating snow in Denver of several inches looks to be Tuesday into Wednesday. Temperatures look bitterly cold with highs in the teens and overnight lows below zero.”
Heavy snow developed Thursday night, dropping 1 to 2 inches of snow in an hour in some area. That snow continued overnight into Friday, and was beginning to taper off on Friday morning, with between 4 and 6 inches of snow in most areas.
While the snow was expected to take a break in the middle of the day Friday, it was expected pick back up in the evening. That could push accumulation totals to 8 inches in many areas around the Denver Metro area. The Foothills, meanwhile, could see up to a foot of snow.
The snowy conditions led a dearth of schools or districts across the state to make the call to cancel or delay class Friday morning. As of 4:15 a.m., there were 15 schools or districts that had decided to adjust or cancel their Friday schedule.
The winter weather also left many people across the Metro area without power Friday morning — too many to bulk together in any sort of group, in fact.
Xcel Energy’s power map showed dozes of yellow dots, which are outages that affect up to 500 people, and green dots, which are outages that affect under 50 homes. There was also one orange dot just north of Commerce City early Friday morning. The orange represents an outage that affects up to 2,500 homes.
The storm also caused a few power outages around metro Denver late Thursday. The biggest outage affected about 4,500 customers in the area of 8th Avenue and Lincoln Street near downtown. Power to that area had been restored Friday morning.
Xcel indicated their crews were expecting to have power restored for most customers no later than 9:30 a.m.
For the most part, the storm had moved out of the high country as of Friday morning, having dropped between 1 and 3 feet on many of the mountain resorts.
LINK: Colorado ski reports