Want to thank my colleague Todd Nelson for these photos along I-94 in western Wisconsin from during the afternoon hours Wednesday as snow was starting to make travel rough in spots.
Just be glad you weren’t in Denver today, which saw blizzard conditions throughout the day. You can’t even see the city in this webcam timelapse loop from about 11 AM to 2 PM local time today as the webcam was coated with snow.
This webcam timelapse view from Lakewood, CO (just to the southwest of Denver) showed the very gusty winds and new snow they received Wednesday. This is part of the same system that brought us snow Wednesday into early Thursday across the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota.
The combination of heavy snow and blizzard conditions led to road conditions quickly deteriorating in the Denver metro during the day today – lots of red on the traffic map.
Here were the conditions that people in Denver had to deal with throughout the morning and into the afternoon Tuesday in Denver – visibility dropped to a quarter mile with sustained winds of at least 35 mph and wind gusts over 50 mph at times. Blizzard criteria is met when you have sustained winds of 35 mph or greater with visibility down to at least a quarter mile for at least three hours – and they certainly exceeded it.
The conditions were so bad in Denver, the International Airport was shut down. Due to the blizzard conditions, the visibility was unsafe for planes to arrive or depart from the airport. Pena Boulevard, which takes you to DIA, was also impassable.
While the Denver International Airport only saw 7.6″ of snow, it was measured in feet in parts of the metro area. There was a 25.5″ amount reported just east of Boulder, and 18″ reported a few miles southeast of Denver.
By Paul Douglas
FRIDAY: Clouds increase, late shower possible. High 44. Low 34. Precipitation Chance: 40%. Wind S 10-20 mph.
SATURDAY: Light mix, no accumulation expected. High 42. Low 29. Precipitation Chance: 50%. Wind NW 10-15 mph.
SUNDAY: More clouds than sun, drier day. High 45. Low 30. Precipitation Chance: 20%. Wind SW 7-12 mph.
MONDAY: Partly sunny and milder. High 48. Low 34. Precipitation Chance: 10%. Wind SE 7-12 mph.
Breezy, late day showers. High 54. Low 42. Precipitation Chance: 50%. Wind SE 10-20 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Showers, chance of thunder. High 56. Low 38. Precipitation Chance: 70%. Wind S 15-25 mph.
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Average Low: 27F (Record: -8F set in 1965)
Average Precipitation: 0.07″ (Record: 1.06″ set in 1949)
Average Snowfall: 0.2″ (Record: 6.8″ in 1996)
Sunrise: 7:08 AM
Sunset: 7:31 PM
*Length Of Day: 12 hours, 23 minutes and 40 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~3mins & 9secs
*Next Sunrise That Is Before 7 AM: March 29th (6:58 am)
*Next Sunset That Is After 8 PM: April 16th (8:01 pm)
While we watch the system that brought us snow depart off to the east, snow will continue to be possible across parts of the Great Lakes and New England Thursday, along with severe weather in the warm sector (more on that in a moment). The frontal boundary associated with this system moving across the country is expected to stall out over the southeast late this week, bringing them unsettled weather into the weekend. The next prominent system on our map is a clipper diving out of Canada as we end the week, bringing some rain and snow to parts of the Rockies and upper Midwest.
Severe threat Thursday. Graphic: AerisWeather
In the warm sector of our departing storm Thursday, severe weather will once again be likely from the Ohio Valley southward toward the Gulf Coast. Large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes are possible.