Late April winter storm predicted to dump inches of snow in Castle Rock

Heather Willard

Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / April 24, 2023

(Douglas County, Colo.) Warmer weather may be just around the corner but expect a large winter storm first.

The National Weather Service Boulder issued a Winter Weather Watch encompassing most of the northern Front Range, including Douglas County. The watch is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 25 through noon on April 26.

Rain and snow showers should start developing across the high country Monday afternoon.

The storm is expected to reach the foothills and urban corridor overnight or as early as Monday evening. This will lead to difficult mountain/foothill travel.

According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Victoria Chavez, the highest impact will be overnight in the area of the Palmer Divide. She recommended that motorists be aware of possible snow impact on their Tuesday night and Wednesday morning commutes.

“Tomorrow’s evening traffic could be slushy, and of course on Wednesday morning roads will potentially be slick,” she said.

Meteorologists expect a mix of rain and snow in the lower elevations on Tuesday and Wednesday. The models predict approximately 2 inches of snow per hour during the heavier snowfall, and travel will be significantly impacted.

High-impact snow accumulation is predicted for some of the lower elevations Tuesday night, particularly the Palmer Divide.

The bulk of the snow is anticipated Tuesday afternoon through daybreak Wednesday. Snowfall amounts are uncertain below 7,500 feet.

This is because the forecast models remain uncertain, according to the National Weather Service Boulder.

However, meteorologists agree that there will be significant weather with widespread heavy precipitation. Snow in the mountains and foothills, and the Palmer Divide, could be measured in feet for areas along and east of the Continental Divide.

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