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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