Many people in Colorado woke up to a white blanket of snow Wednesday morning. The snow started in the western mountains Tuesday evening. Overnight and into early Wednesday morning, the snow transitioned to eastern Colorado. Some saw several inches while others saw near a foot of snow.
But it wasn’t just the snow, wind also accompanied this storm system. Monarch Pass reported a wind gust 71 mph. In Arapahoe County, a trained spotter reported blizzard conditions with 4.9 inches of snow and winds gusting to 47 mph, reducing visibility to less than 1/4 mile. This report came in around 7:30 a.m. MDT, during rush hour traffic.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) had to close several roads due to accidents and hazardous driving conditions. On some roads, CDOT required vehicles to have snow tires or alternative traction devices, like chains.
Traction Law I-70 both directions Vail to Golden,Mile Marker 180 to 259,-Chains,alternative traction devices (ATDs),snow tires,or 4-wheel d
— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) November 11, 2015
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Monica Cryan
(Headline Image: Audra Thornburg- Conifer, CO)