A storm system is moving into Southern Colorado. Mountain locations will simply see snow, but lower elevations will see rain eventually change to wet snow by later this afternoon. Locations higher in elevation will see the heaviest snow, as temps will be coldest here. So then, Teller County, far northwest El Paso County, and the Wet & Sangre de Cristo Mountains will likely see several inches of wet snow. The major cities will see far less snow and the storm will exit toward early Saturday morning. Updated snowfall forecast graphics can be found by clicking the Breaking Weather Alert tab to the left.
Neighboring states won't benefit that much from Colorado's biggest snow storm in nearly a century. The mountain snowpack that feeds river basins serving eastern Colorado rose to more than 100 percent of average levels after the storm.
But the snowpack feeding the Colorado River basin, which provides water to seven Western states including Wyoming, rose only slightly. And for that reason most of those states plan to keep in place voluntary or mandatory water restrictions and conservation measures.
In Wyoming, the snow will help parched grasslands in the southeastern region where ranchers have struggled to keep their cattle fed. But state climatologist Jan Curtis says the rest of the state will benefit little.