Major winter storm blankets Boulder County, wreaks havoc on U.S. 36
Boulder County was blanketed Saturday by a blizzard that is anticipated to continue throughout Sunday and possibly leave the city with a total of up to 16 inches of snow.
As of 9 p.m. Saturday evening, Boulder had received eight inches of snow, according to the National Climate Service.
The event left the city on accident alert all day Saturday, and caused various highway closures.
U.S. 36 was closed in and out of Boulder at Table Mesa Drive, at about six p.m., with dispatch officials relaying various driver reports of almost impossible driving circumstances up to Davidson Mesa. At 9:20 p.m., dispatch reported the highway had reopened.
Eastbound U.S. 36 at McCaslin Boulevard was closed down earlier in the day, at about 3:30 p.m., with eastbound visitors being directed onto McCaslin. As lots of as 50 cars were stranded or severely delayed due to a lot of slide-offs and other associated difficulties. It was reopened at 5:15 p.m.
NWS meteorologist Jim Kalina in Boulder said early Saturday that narrow bands of snow by means of the location immediately after midnight had already left 10 inches on the ground in Westminster, and one more 8 in Superior, although downtown Boulder had not reported important snowfall until significantly later in the day.
A secondary front coming by means of the Boulder and Longmont forecast for later on Saturday was expected to bring most of the snowfall, having said that, and by mid-afternoon that forecast had held accurate.
According to the National Climate Service, snow accumulated at a rate of up to two inches per hour late Saturday afternoon in and close to the foothills, and across the Palmer Divide during what has been described as a “lengthy duration winter storm.”
Snowfalls in Boulder County were projected at two to four inches for the duration of the day Saturday, four to eight overnight, another 1 to three Sunday, and possibly a further two inches on Sunday evening.
These totals varied wildly on Saturday, nevertheless, with Superior receiving about four times the amount of snow measured in Erie. In the city of Boulder, totals by evening varied from 6 to 8 inches, although the official reading, taken by meteorologist Matt Kelsch.
Motorists should really expect hazardous winter driving situations to continue on Sunday, with probable road closures in the higher nation. Secondary roads could also turn out to be impassable to cars in locations that see the heaviest accumulations.
Temperatures topped out at 30 on Saturday, sinking down to 12 at night. Sunday’s forecast higher is 16, prior to a plunge down to 5 on Sunday night. Monday should really warm up to 25 during the day, with a low Monday night of 15.
And looking just a tiny farther ahead, the weather service cautions that “A further threat of accumulating snow and colder temperatures is lurking for late Wednesday into Friday.”
Courtesy of Sentry Review