(SOUTHERN COLORADO) — A Winter Storm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for late Tuesday, Feb. 14 through Wednesday, Feb. 15, as a significant winter storm eyes Southern Colorado.
A Watch is issued when the storm is still more than 24 hours out and there are still details to iron out. FOX21 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Matt Meister would expect an upgrade to different warnings and advisories by Monday evening, Feb. 13.
Regardless, impacts continue to become more clear regarding the incoming storm. Wednesday will be a challenging or even dangerous day for travel across Southern Colorado, depending on where you are.
Wind will increase during the day on Wednesday and in addition to the intensity of the snowfall causing visibility issues, blowing and drifting snow will become an issue over the plains through the day on Wednesday.
Whiteouts will be possible and blowing snow will produce drifts several feet high in areas of high wind or heavy snow.
Snow will move in from the west on Tuesday afternoon and will gradually progress east into early Wednesday morning when moderate to heavy snow will be falling during the morning commute along the Front Range and heart of the viewing area.
With time during the day on Wednesday, the heaviest snow will shift east over the plains south of Highway 50. Wednesday night snow will decrease from west to east and end by sunrise Thursday morning.
Use the slideshow below to investigate the current probability, or likelihood, of different snow amounts for Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Woodland Park, and Cañon City to get an idea of boom/bust potential from what Matt is forecasting above.