A major winter storm is set to impact nearly two thirds of the nation starting tomorrow including Thornton and the rest of northeastern Colorado. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area warning of blowing snow and dangerous cold.
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The service is warning of total snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches for the event from tomorrow morning through Tuesday. Snow is expected to start lightly on Monday morning then increase in intensity in the afternoon and continue overnight into Tuesday morning.
Arctic cold will be a prominent feature of this system sending the mercury plummeting into areas that present a very real danger to people and property. Monday will see temperatures at about 26 degrees at 6:00am but then decreasing continually throughout the day and overnight when it will drop below zero.
Tomorrow’s afternoon commute and the Tuesday morning commute are likely to be rough ones so you will want to plan accordingly.
Tuesday’s high temperature will struggle to even get above zero and overnight temperatures on Tuesday could drop all the way to 15 degrees below zero. Wednesday will warm only slightly with highs of around 10 degrees.
Breezy conditions will serve to generate wind chills to as far as 30 degrees below zero. These types of temperatures can bring on hypothermia and frost bite very quickly and residents need to be prepared for the harsh conditions. Scroll down for links to our Winter Weather Preparedness series to learn more about how to protect yourself and your family.
We will be closely monitoring this system as this type of cold usually has a pretty significant impact. You can get the latest Thornton forecast here and be sure to check our main page for any updates. We also will be updating the Denver Weather Examiner regularly with the latest outlooks.
Winter Weather Education Series
|Intro||Winter Weather Preparedness Week|
|Part 1||Winter travel safety|
|Part 2||Watches…warnings…and advisories|
|Part 3||High winds|
|Part 4||Wind chill temperatures and hypothermia|
|Part 5||Avalanche safety|
|Review||Winter Weather Preparedness Week review|