21st - Beautiful Mountain Morning... Yesterday's snows left the
hillside frosted in a blanket of white making for a beautiful mountain morning
today... Rays of sunlight twinkled off snow crystals creating miniature
rainbows in the rising mist... The photo below shows both the rainbow
effect and what is known as "Crepuscular Rays", emanating from a snow
covered pine branch... This colorful display is caused as sunlight is
refracted through the tiny water droplets in the rapidly evaporating
mist from the sunlight on the snow...
|Pine branch blocking Sun
revealing "Crepuscular Rainbow"
20th - Winter Storm Warning Downgraded To Advisory... The
National Weather Service in Denver has cancelled the previous
"Winter Storm Warning" and issued a "Winter Weather
Advisory" for the front range foothills until 12am MST... The storm
over the southwestern United States has taken a path that will have less
impact over northeast and north-central Colorado tonight... Snow is
still possible but amounts will be considerably less than earlier
thought... It now appears the highest snow amounts will occur along the
foothills from Douglas County north to the Wyoming border with an
additional 4 inches of accumulation possible...
Residents of the Storm Mountain area are advised to use 4WD and or
chains on FDR 128... As of 5:30pm, conditions are snow-packed with some
icing at the usual spots...These conditions are expected to deteriorate
on FDR 128 and other area roads as temperatures fall tonight... Extreme
caution is recommended for late night and/or early morning travel
throughout the area...
WINTER STORM WARNING ISSUED THRU
National Weather Service in Denver has issued a "Winter Storm
Warning" for most of the front range mountains and foothill,
including the Storm Mountain area, effective until 6am MST on Sunday... THIS IS A WARNING! An
area of snowfall will stall today over Northern Colorado and
intensify... Upslope winds will enhance the snowfall along the east
slopes of the Continental Divide and along the base of the foothills
from the western suburbs of Denver north to Fort Collins... The most
likely period for heavy snow will be in the late afternoon and
evening... Snow totals are expected to range from 8 to 16 inches in the
mountains and foothills, with 6 to 12 inches expected along the I-25 corridor...
19th - Winter Storm Watch Thru Saturday Night... The National Weather Service in Denver has issued a
"Winter Storm Watch" for the foothills and urban corridor,
including the Storm Mountain area, effective tonight at midnight and
continuing through Saturday night... THIS IS
A WATCH AND NOT A WARNING! Heavy snow is expected in and near
the front range foothills... A strong Pacific storm system is expected
to drop out of the Pacific Northwest and into Utah on Saturday with
conditions favorable for heavy snowfall throughout the watch area...
Potential snow amounts will range from 6 to 12 inches in the foothills
and mountains, mainly east of the Continental Divide...
Hwy 34 To Remain Closed Through Tuesday... The road
and bridge work on Hwy 34 has been extended through Tuesday, November
23rd... The majority of the work is now completed with final surfacing
in process... Weather permitting, crews should complete the work this
weekend with the road re-opening to traffic late Tuesday evening...
traffic around Hwy 34 construction
18th - EPA To Investigate Contamination From Access Road... It
has been reported that the Federal Environmental Protection Agency is launching
an investigation into the possible contamination to protected waters
stemming from chemical reactions leeching hazardous chemicals from FDR
128... The goal of this investigation is reportedly to identify the
point source of the contamination and mandate clean-up operations, if
indicated... This investigation is reportedly in response to oxygen depletion
currently being reported in the Big
Thompson River below it's merge with the North Fork, and both rivers'
status as 303D protected watersheds... It is also being
reported that the stream along FDR 128 is protected with Federal 303D status as
well... More information will be posted as it becomes available...
Leonid Meteor Shower To Peak
Tomorrow... The annual Leonid Meteor Shower is predicted to peak tomorrow,
November 19th at 2:49pm MST... While this peak is in the daylight hours,
sky watchers may still see Leonids both tonight and tomorrow night,
weather permitting... Current predictions are for partly cloudy skies through
the period allowing viewing opportunities... The best time to look is
between midnight and dawn when we are on the side of Earth plowing
through the cosmic dust... This is similar to driving into snowflakes
with your headlights on... Complete information the 2004 Leonid Shower can be found at Spaceweather.com
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