S L O W Moving Storm...

While we knew the storm wouldn't be out of here until sometime Thursday, the storm made absolutely no progress today.  It meandered around The 4 Corners, but gave substantial amounts of snow to the northern Front Range.  Check out some of the totals through 7 p.m. Wednesday:

0700 PM     HEAVY SNOW       S LONGMONT              40.17N 105.11W  
10/28/2009  M11.5 INCH       BOULDER            CO   NWS EMPLOYEE      
 
0700 PM     HEAVY SNOW       2 NW FORT COLLINS       40.58N 105.09W  
10/28/2009  M15.0 INCH       LARIMER            CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
  
0700 PM     HEAVY SNOW       6 S FORT COLLINS        40.47N 105.07W  
10/28/2009  M14.0 INCH       LARIMER            CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
0656 PM     HEAVY SNOW       1 S EVERGREEN           39.63N 105.34W  
10/28/2009  M20.3 INCH       JEFFERSON          CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
0638 PM     HEAVY SNOW       7 N GLEN HAVEN          40.55N 105.43W  
10/28/2009  M17.0 INCH       LARIMER            CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
0633 PM     HEAVY SNOW       GENESEE                 39.69N 105.27W  
10/28/2009  M25.8 INCH       JEFFERSON          CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
0630 PM     HEAVY SNOW       3 E HIGHLANDS RANCH     39.55N 104.92W  
10/28/2009  M12.0 INCH       DOUGLAS            CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
0626 PM     HEAVY SNOW       3 SE PINECLIFFE         39.90N 105.38W  
10/28/2009  M35.0 INCH       JEFFERSON          CO   CO-OP OBSERVER    
 
0615 PM     HEAVY SNOW       3 S EVERGREEN           39.59N 105.34W  
10/28/2009  M27.5 INCH       JEFFERSON          CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
0612 PM     HEAVY SNOW       1 WSW BROOMFIELD        39.93N 105.08W  
10/28/2009  M12.5 INCH       BROOMFIELD         CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
0610 PM     HEAVY SNOW       E BOULDER               40.03N 105.25W  
10/28/2009  M17.0 INCH       BOULDER            CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
0606 PM     HEAVY SNOW       2 SW GOLDEN             39.72N 105.25W  
10/28/2009  M20.2 INCH       JEFFERSON          CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
            LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN.  
 
0603 PM     HEAVY SNOW       1 SW FORT COLLINS       40.55N 105.08W  
10/28/2009  M14.0 INCH       LARIMER            CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
0601 PM     HEAVY SNOW       2 WSW BROOMFIELD        39.93N 105.09W  
10/28/2009  M18.6 INCH       BROOMFIELD         CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
0600 PM     HEAVY SNOW       4 S DENVER              39.68N 104.97W  
10/28/2009  M11.0 INCH       DENVER             CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
0600 PM     SNOW             DENVER INTERNATIONAL AI 39.87N 104.67W  
10/28/2009  M6.0 INCH        DENVER             CO   TRAINED SPOTTER   
 
            4.0 SINCE MIDNIGHT.  
 
0600 PM     HEAVY SNOW       2 SSE FEDERAL HEIGHTS   40.71N 102.46W  
10/28/2009  M11.0 INCH       PHILLIPS           CO   TRAINED SPOTTER

At the same time, only spotty heavy snow hit the southern part of the state and that was forecasted.  Totals below are through 7pm Wednesday.

Nathrop: 22"

Salida: 15"

Woodland Park: 10" 

Monument: 8.5"

Cuchara: 7"

Rye & Beulah: 5"

Just SW of CO Springs: 3"

The storm still doesn't look like it will setup correctly to produce heavy snow for Colorado Springs or Pueblo.  According to our computer models the storm is supposed to move from NW New Mexico tonight:

To SW Nebraska by Thursday evening:

While the track is a favorable one for additional snow, wind, and cold temperatures, we will develop strong north to northwest winds on Thursday.  That usually squelches any real accumulating snow threat for Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Canon City.  This looks to be no exception.  Below are graphics for the additional snow we could receive through Thursday:

If a location gets 3" in the white shaded area, it will likely fall well east of Colorado Springs.  Any additional accumulation in CO Springs would be under an inch.  The higher totals will be north...

Any accumulation in Pueblo would be a dusting at best, with the best shot at additional accumulation to the west and east of Pueblo.

 The real problem tomorrow will be the wind, which will gust over 35 to 40 mph.  This will cause lots of blowing and drifting for areas that have good snow on the ground and those areas that pick up additional snow.  Travel anywhere on the Palmer Divide could be dangerous tomorrow... 

Here's our Thursday Troubles...

Drive safely, stay warm, and be prepared if you have to travel.  We'll continue to update you on the progress of the storm...

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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