The weather outside may be frightful, but those conditions are delightful for the people within Northwest Colorado who can’t get enough white fluff.
Snowfall first started blanketing Craig and Moffat County on Tuesday morning, and the region looks to be tucked in through Wednesday, at least. Estimated measures from the National Weather Service ranged from 4 to 8 inches for Craig by Wednesday morning, with the likelihood of the county seeing as much as 1 foot or more of snow near the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning through 6 p.m. Wednesday for most of the Western Slope. On Tuesday afternoon, Colorado Department of Transportation noted roads such as Colorado Highway 13 and U.S. Highway 40 as being snowy and wet, while a chain law was issued to drivers on Interstate 70 near Silverthorne and the Johnson and Eisenhower tunnels as early as Tuesday morning.
The arctic front pushing through has affected sections of the state differently. While Northwest Colorado towns like Craig and Steamboat Springs, as well as parts of southern Wyoming, already have seen snow start to accumulate by Tuesday afternoon, the Weather Service's Grand Junction office remained untouched by the weather as of 3 p.m.
Meteorologist Joe Ramey said that will change by Wednesday morning as the front moves to the southern and eastern parts of Colorado. Denver likely will see more snow then.
Moffat County’s weather is expected to shift in a different way Wednesday.
“It’ll be more showery Wednesday, and then there will be a very cold air mass,” he said.
The snow will ease up for the area as the week goes on, but frigid temperatures will leave Craig residents shivering. The anticipated reading for sunrise Thursday is currently minus 20 degrees.
The freezing but dry stretch Thursday and Friday will provide a respite for Craig and its neighbors only temporarily.
“On Saturday, we’ve got a cold trough from the Pacific Northwest that will produce snowfall mainly across Northwest Colorado,” Ramey said.