Will the 2023 Valentine’s Snow Storm Dump a Lot or a Little on Northern Colorado?
Just when you think we're over the "hump" of winter, here comes Mother Nature to remind us of her wrath. If you've lived in Colorado for a while, you know you can expect the "unexpected."
Will you be bracing yourself and your family for this Valentine's Day storm? Has the snow/ice cleared from your street from our last storm? The forecast is calling for parts of Colorado to see a pretty-major storm, other parts, not so much.
With this current winter storm, while it's the time for "Love," many travelers will not be feeling love at all in regards to conditions. Strong winds are brining in this system which will make things cold (again) and bring a lot of snow to certain forecasted areas.
Where's the Winter Storm Warning?
Mike Nelson's forecast from the 24/7 Weather Center is calling for Winter Storm Warning for many of the counties in southern Colorado, as well as the higher elevations. Telluride could see up to 3 feet of snow. Those in Telluride are probably pretty used to a late winter "pounding of snow," will the Fort Collins area go without such a pounding?
Denver Snow Forecast
The Denver Metro area (with a Winter Storm Warning) could see upwards of 6 inches; some weather models show Aurora getting 6.5 to 8 inches of Valentine's evening/February 15 snow. Add in the strong winds, and that puts a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for areas east of DIA, and west to the foothills and up into the mountains near Aspen. Avalanche warnings are also in effect for higher elevations.
Fort Collins Snow Forecast
Mike Nelson forecasts "a trace to 3 inches of snow for the Fort Collins/I-25 North area out to the northeastern plains. There will be stronger winds along the Wyoming border; all of this should be over by late Wednesday afternoon/evening.
The thing is, you can never be positive.
Winds change direction/speed, and things change. Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley. We could very well see a "dumping" of more snow before this latest storm passes. I say, "Be relieved if it misses us, but be ready."