Snow forecast for Pagosa today through Friday morning

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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) advises travelers to prepare for a winter snowstorm that is expected to affect western and southern Colorado. Snow will begin moving across the upstate mountains this evening and will spread to the southern mountains tomorrow.

Travelers MUST have proper tires for winter mountain driving.

Graph courtesy of the National Weather Service, Grand Junction.

The prolonged multi-day storm is expected to end on Friday and will be followed by freezing temperatures 20 to 30 degrees lower than normal for March.

Heavy snow and snow squalls will make travel difficult if not impossible, especially over mountain passes. (Squalls are short but intense squalls of snow accompanied by strong winds that can produce whiteout or near whiteout conditions.) Travelers should be aware that freezing and snowy weather will also impact lower elevations.

Visit COtrip.org for the latest information on potential safety closures that could be due to this severe snowstorm.

Snow will move north to south across the state throughout the morning, reaching I-70 and Denver by midday. By Thursday, the mountains in the southwest and the plains in the south will see snow. Forecast Snow Amounts 3″-7″ Plains and I-25 Metro, 5″-9″ for Foothills, 7″-11″ Front Range Mountains, 8″-14″ West/Southwest Mountains. All drivers should be prepared for changing road conditions. Commercial transport will likely need chains or traction devices approved for mountain roads.

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