Even though some parts of the Pikes Peak Region did hit our expected snow amounts that we forecasted of 3″-6″ for Teller County and northern El Paso County, the worst impacts of Wednesday’s storm missed us off to the northeast. A number of roads were closed early Wednesday in northeast Colorado including Interstate 70 to the east of Denver and Highway 86 from Franktown to Limon.
The upper level circulation with storm, whose path is indicated by the red “L” in the image below, didn’t phase with the surface circulation in a way that was expected. The upper circulation was slow in clearing the mountains and so the worst of the wind and snow developed just to the northeast of our area.
We’ve got to get back in the saddle though because another system coming in from the west will combine with low-level upslope Friday night to produce snow first over the mountains and then along the Front Range, I25 corridor and eastern plains. We’re still ironing out the details, but some parts of Colorado Springs will get more than we did with the mid-week storm.