November 15th, 2009: 2 AM Winter Storm Update

Pretty crazy sleet storm in Colorado Springs earlier tonight.  I spent 10 years in the Midwest, where sleet is quite common, but have never seen it sleet like that in all my 20+ years of living in Colorado.  The band really hugged the western half of Colorado Springs and has produced very slick roads in the city and points to the north.  Roads will be tough going early today...

Thinking really hasn't changed much on the storm.  Track remains the same, taking the upper low through northern New Mexico and ejecting it into the Panhandles of OK and TX, as well as SW KS.  This means the heaviest snow for most of us will be between now ( 2 AM Sunday morning ) and early Sunday afternoon.  North winds will pick up through the day, and that will limit the heavier snow to the morning hours.  The focus for the heavier snow will then shift to the Southeast Plains.  Some blowing and drifting snow will be likely in the rural communities, which will reduce visibility.  Travel safely and slowly...

Projected Snowfall Totals:

2 to 5 inches: Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Pueblo West, Canon City, Ellicott, Falcon, Rush, Yoder.  Isolated higher amounts possible, within the heavier bands.

5 to 9 inches: Denver, Castle Rock, Woodland Park, Cripple Creek, Monument, Black Forest, Peyton, Calhan, Walsenburg, Trinidad, Limon, Hugo, La Junta, Eads, Lamar, Springfield. Isolated higher amounts possible within the heavier bands.

10 inches +: Wet and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Rye, Beulah, Westcliffe, La Veta, Cuchara.

Likely won't post another blog update until sometime mid to late Sunday morning.  Until then, please refer to the weather homepage for further information:

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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  • by julio Location: 80907 on Nov 15, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    Well, it's 9:48 am and the sun is out. Looks like we got fooled again...
  • by Jay Location: Spring Ranc on Nov 15, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    Is this storm already over? We've got about 1 - 2 inches out here (east CS). I thought originally it was supposed to really hit us throughout today, but it looks like the worst of it has already pst us. Am i right?
  • by Ed Location: Widefield on Nov 15, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    It's 6:50 a.m. and lookiing at the radar on the NOAA site, it looks like the donut hole is starting. Precip to our north and precip to our south, but a big hole here over the springs. North winds. Oh well. It was fun to THINK about getting some snow!
  • by Bill Location: AFAS Area on Nov 15, 2009 at 03:31 AM
    5" already here!!
  • by Steph Location: Rockrimmon/Vindicator on Nov 15, 2009 at 01:50 AM
    Just drove from Fountain to Rockrimmon, shortly before 2am... graupel was thick in Fountain, roads awful, Interstate worse. Got better from circle to Nevada, but Rockrimmon is AWFUL. Watch out for the hills, they're super slick. Took me 45 minutes to get home!
  • by Rob Location: GOG & Nevada on Nov 15, 2009 at 12:57 AM
    Certainly is awesome- Over 3 inches so far and still snowing... its about freakin time
  • by Debra Location: greenbriar on Nov 15, 2009 at 12:43 AM
    Looks like 4 inches already to me and still snowing. Glad I don't have to go any where to day. Going to bed now and glad I am safe at home. Sure is beautiful!
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