UPDATED 5:50 PM PT – Thursday, March 11, 2021
Meteorologists have predicted Colorado is in store for one of the biggest winter storms in years. According to reports on Thursday, the low-pressure system that brought San Francisco rain, flooding and thunderstorms is now tracking towards Colorado to dump between one and six feet of snow.
Will we be breaking snow records this weekend in Denver?
It’s looking possible!
— ⛈Rain or☀️Shine I’m Andy Stein (@AndySteinWx) March 10, 2021
The National Weather Service also warned residents in Wyoming and Nebraska to prepare for the storm. Cheyenne, Wyoming is expected to see upwards of 30 inches of snow and parts of Nebraska could get more than 20 inches. The system is projected to hit the regions by Friday night and continue until Sunday evening.
Airlines are canceling flights out of Colorado and the state’s Department of Transportation urged residents to stop traveling by Friday.
“[For] a snowstorm to this severity, we absolutely urge motorists to stay put,” Colorado Department of Transportation Spokesperson Tamara Rollison stated. “Get to your destination by Friday, hunker down and avoid driving roads when we have this kind of snowfall.”
The spiraling system is anticipated to drop snow across the High Plains and front range of the Rockies to break records in Denver. Meteorologists also expect it will bring flooding and thunderstorms to the Mississippi Valley.