Snow Piled High in the Colorado Mountains

If you've been following along on FreshyMap over the last week, you'll know that the mountains have been getting slammed with snow. Totals over the last week have range from about 1 to 4 feet, and after a lull Tuesday and Wednesday, the northern mountains could see even more snow to end this week.

Responsible for one of the best couple of week's in years across the Colorado high country is what's often referred to as the "Pineapple Express", a batch of moisture with origins way back in Hawaii.

The conveyor belt of moisture has meant big time snow, not only for Colorado, but all across the west. California resorts, where basins are running just 12% of normal, saw anywhere from 3 to 5 feet of wet heavy snow over the last weekend. Utah the same. And now the Pacific northwest is bracing for a week of rain and snow -- Mt. Baker, famous for big snow, is forecast to receive 65 inches of snow by Saturday.

Avalanche Danger and Traffic Woes
While great for snowpack and skiing, all this snow means there's an elevated risk for avalanches across Colorado. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has high risk up for all of the north central mountains, where an Avalanche warning is in effect from the NWS.

Traffic was a complete mess the entire weekend. Loveland pass was closed for the majority of the weekend as crew worked multiple slides, and accidents combined with traffic metering kept I-70 at a virtual standstill for hours on end. By many reports, drives that ordinarily would take 2 - 3 hours on a Sunday returning from the slopes took many drivers nearly 10 hours. Here's a video Matt shot along 285 through Fairplay where roads were a sheet of ice.

Brendan Heberton

Brendan is founder of Weather5280. He is co-founder of FreshyMap, and develops software for geospatial data analysis and visualization.

Denver, Colorado
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