A late winter storm moving into Colorado Saturday has officials warning travelers and outdoor recreationists in the state to urge extreme caution and consider rescheduling weekend plans.
Colorado Park and Wildlife officials urge those with plans in the outdoors, especially along the Front Range to consider rescheduling plans as the winter storm is expected to drop about 4 feet of snow over the weekend in northern Colorado. Central areas in the foothills along the Front Range are likely to see between 9 inches and 2 feet of snow.
Heavy snowfall may prompt road closures, whiteout conditions, or the potential for being stranded during travels in Colorado this weekend, officials said. Parks and Wildlife offices and state parks may need to close at times until the storm passes, the department said in a news release.
Check Colorado Department of Transportation’s Travel Center for updated road conditions and closures. Updates on flights to and from Denver International Airport can be found here, and flights to and from Colorado Springs Airport can be found here.
Radar Update – 11:15 am MST. Rain is starting to change over to snow for much of the Metro area and foothills. There is continued accumulation on roads in Lincoln and parts of Douglas County. Snow will increase in coverage through the afternoon and continue through Sunday. #cowx pic.twitter.com/CdInEvV9ud
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder)
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is waiving all cancelation and change fees for the affected areas.
The heaviest snow totals are expected to accumulate along the Interstate 25 corridor from Boulder and north through Fort Collins. Boulder is forecast up to 28 inches of snow through late Sunday, the National Weather Service reports.
For camping customers that may already be onsite at affected state parks, please consider ending your stay early and requesting a refund of any remaining days on your reservation. If you are unable to do so, you must plan to shelter in place until the storm ends and the park property and surrounding roads are safe and passable.
Denver International Airport officials said snow removal crews will deploy when snow begins to accumulate. Snow crews are prepared to treat and clear Peña Boulevard and parking lots throughout the storm.
Passengers flying this weekend are encouraged to check with their airline to confirm flight status before they come to the airport. Those driving to or from the airport should give themselves plenty of extra time and drive with caution.
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