Apr 17, 2013 10:06 AM by Stephen Bowers
The next spring storm is poised to move through Colorado today and tonight, and it will be a snow maker once again.
The snow will be accompanied by howling wind that could gust to 40-50 mph, especially high on the Palmer Divide around Monument, Black Forest, and Calhan.
Around 1-2" of snow is expected along I-25 from Colorado Springs to Pueblo and out into the Southeastern Plains, including Lamar, Springfield, and La Junta. In spotty cases, 3-5" of snow is possible. Higher elevations from Monument Hill to Teller County and down to the Wet Mountains and Sangre de Cristo Mountains could see 4-8" of snow fall. The higher elevations of Las Animas County that parallel the New Mexico border could see 3-6" of snow with spotty higher totals. Keep in mind, however, that with a warm ground much of the snow could melt and likely will not pile up on the ground as deep as forecast totals indicate.
Freezing drizzle and fog has formed a glaze of ice on some area roads, especially in northern El Paso County. That has contributed to numerous crashes and slide offs, including at least three roll-over crashes. Icy roads may be a problem for the Wednesday evening commute as well. While the snow likely will end for most areas by Thursday morning's drive to work some ice could linger, especially on roads that are less traveled in El Paso County.