Monday, January 31st - 9:30AM Update... Snow has ended across
our area and the Sun is now burning through the high clouds... Roads are
reported as snow-packed with slush and icing in spots... FDR 128 is
snow-packed with icing on the switchbacks and other ice prone areas...
Hwy 34 to Estes Park is reported as having patches of snow and ice...
Conditions are expected to improve as the morning Sun warms the road
scene along Big Thompson River
5AM Weather Update... Snow has
stopped in the Storm Mountain area with Jupiter and the Moon currently
being visible through the high clouds... Overnight accumulations of 2 to
4 inches are being reported with little to no further snow expected...
Roads in the area, including FDR 128, are snow-packed with slick slushy
spots... Residents are advised to allow plenty of extra travel time...
Chains, adequate snow-tires and 4WD are highly recommended for travel on
Storm Warning Until 9AM... The National Weather Service in Denver
has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the front range including the
Drake, Glen Haven and Storm Mountain area effective until 9AM MST... QUICK HITTING SNOW STORM HITS THE FRONT RANGE... UPSLOPE
WINDS BEHIND A COLD FRONT WILL PRODUCE A QUICK PERIOD OF HEAVY SNOW
OVERNIGHT. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED IN
THE FOOTHILLS... THE SNOW WILL DIMINISH NEAR THE WYOMING BORDER IN THE
EARLY MORNING HOURS, WHILE THE HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE SOUTH OF
INTERSTATE 70 UNTIL AT LEAST SUNRISE...
Sunday, January 30th -
Winter Weather Advisory Issued... The National Weather Service in
Denver has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the front range
including the Drake, Glen Haven and Storm Mountain areas until 9AM
Monday... A RAPIDLY MOVING STORM SYSTEM OVER WYOMING WILL DIVE SOUTH
OVERNIGHT, BRINGING ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW IN THE FOOTHILLS... THE SNOW
WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY WIDESPREAD OVERNIGHT WITH 3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW
ACCUMULATION POSSIBLE BY DAYBREAK MONDAY... THE HEAVIEST SNOW
ACCUMULATION WILL BE OVER THE FOOTHILLS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY FROM
EVERGREEN SOUTHWARD... THERE WILL AREAS OF DENSE FOG DEVELOPING TOWARD
MORNING WITH VISIBILITIES EXPECTED TO BE BELOW A HALF MILE... TRAVEL
WILL BE DIFFICULT OVERNIGHT AND EARLY MONDAY IN THE FOOTHILLS...
Of The Week... This week's photo is of a "Short-tailed Weasel" with it's winter
coat carrying a catch of a field mouse, taken last week near Rocky
Mountain National Park by Christine Podesva-Spangler... The Short-tailed
Weasel, active day or night, may be fairly common at times but is seldom
seen... Although it hunts mainly on the ground, often running on fallen
logs, it can climb trees and occasionally pursues prey into water...
This carnivore kills all that is available and stores the excess...
Mice, particularly meadow voles, are its main food, but its diet also
includes shrews, baby rabbits, birds, frogs, lizards, snakes, and many
kinds of insects...
|Short Tailed Weasel near Rock
Mountain National Park... Photo Credit: ©2005 Christine Podesva-Spangler
Saturday, January 29th - Winter
Weather Advisory Issued... At 3:00PM, the National Weather Service
in Denver issued a "Winter Weather Advisory" from 6PM this
evening through 4PM Sunday for the Front Range foothills and mountains
east of the Continental Divide... A PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM OVER THE DESERT
SOUTHWEST WILL MOVE THROUGH NORTHERN ARIZONA TONIGHT AND INTO NORTHERN
NEW MEXICO BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON... AS IT DOES SO, UPSLOPE CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED DEVELOP ALONG THE FRONT RANGE TONIGHT AND CONTINUING INTO
SUNDAY... TOTAL SNOWFALL WILL RANGE FROM 5 TO 10 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS
EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, SOUTH PARK AND IN THE FRONT RANGE
FOOTHILLS, HEAVIEST FROM BOULDER COUNTY SOUTHWARD.... ALONG THE PALMER
DIVIDE SOUTH OF DENVER, STORM TOTALS WILL RANGE FROM 4 TO 8 INCHES... A
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT A COMBINATION OF SNOW, WIND AND COLD
TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS... The complete
text of this advisory can be found via the link below...
Storm Watch Issued... The National Weather Service in Denver has
issued a "Winter Storm Watch" in effect from this evening
through Sunday afternoon for the northern foothills including the Drake,
Glen Haven and Storm Mountain areas... A POTENT
STORM SYSTEM OVER THE DESERT SOUTHWEST WILL SPREAD MOISTURE ACROSS
COLORADO TODAY WITH UPSLOPE CONDITIONS DEVELOPING TONIGHT AND CONTINUING
INTO SUNDAY... UP TO A FOOT OF SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE BY SUNDAY
AFTERNOON... THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED IN THE FOOTHILLS OF JEFFERSON,
GILPIN, CLEAR CREEK AND BOULDER COUNTIES... The complete text of this
watch can be found via the link below...
Friday, January 28th - Morning
Fog Reported Throughout Valley... As of 5AM, dense fog is being
reported in many areas below making the morning commute in the valley
slow and hazardous... Hwy 36 from Boulder to Estes Park, Longmont,
Loveland, and I-25 from Fort Collins to the Wyoming Border area
reporting dense fog... Residents traveling to the valley today are
advise to use caution and allow extra travel time...
Monday, January 24th -
Full "Wolf Moon" Tonight... Amid the cold and deep snows
of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages...
Thus, the name for January's full Moon, the "Wolf Moon"...
Sometimes it was also referred to as the "Old Moon", or the
"Moon After Yule"... Some called it the "Full Snow
Moon", but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon... Full
Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern
and eastern United States... The tribes kept track of the seasons by
giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon...
Sunday, January 23rd -
Photo Of The Week... This week's photo features a young Elk grazing
in a homeowners yard on Aspen Avenue in Estes Park... Elk are plentiful
in the town and it is not uncommon to see sights like these on you
doorstep any given day...
|Young Elk pauses a moment
from grazing to pose for a photo
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