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The National Weather Service forecasted Trail Ridge Road could receive 36 inches by Friday evening.
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Travel on I-25, 70, 80 not advised as heavy snow hits WY, CO


Thursday, May 18, 2017, 3:46 - Heavy rain and mountain snow will continue across the Great Basin and the central/northern Rockies through Friday evening, with a Winter Storm Warning in effect for parts of Wyoming and Colorado.

“Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous,” cautions the National Weather Service in the warning. “Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.” 

In Wyoming, as much as 20 inches of snowfall or more is possible through Friday night.

In Colorado, the strong and slow moving spring storm will continue to drop heavy snowfall over portions of north central and northeast Colorado through Friday morning, as well. Snowfall will be especially heavy in the Front Range foothills where snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour are likely. 


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“In lower elevations, areas west of I-25 will also experience periods of moderate to heavy snowfall through Friday morning with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour at times,” says the weather service. “East of the I-25, snowfall rates and accumulations will be less and much of what falls on paved surfaces today will either be slush or melt.”

By Thursday night, precipitation will turn to all snow within the I-25 corridor and even farther out on the plains, adds the agency. 

“Snowfall will likely be heaviest near the foothills and on the Palmer Divide creating hazardous driving conditions,” the NWS says. “The wet, heavy snowfall will likely cause significant tree damage and create scattered power outages. Snowfall should gradually taper off late on Friday starting in areas south of I-70. Most if not all snow accumulation in the area should end Friday night.” 

Travel is strongly discouraged, particularly along I-25, I-70 and I-80. Visibilities will be reduced due to blowing snow with winds gusting to 30 mph or higher at times. 


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Below are some photos of the spring snowfall thus far:


Source: National Weather Service

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