TELLURIDE, Colo. – We may be just four days from May, but winter is still clinging to life in Colorado with a late-season winter storm that has brought nearly a foot of snow to the mountains and foothills and is providing some much-needed rain to other parts of the state.
It has been a chilly rain in the Denver area, but the small mountain town of Sawpit, near Telluride, has received 10.5 inches of snow with the storm so far over the past 24 hours. Leadville has picked up 8.1 inches, while Woodland Park and Vallecito each have 5 inches so far.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Front Range and foothills, along with the Palmer Divide, into Wednesday afternoon, though snow and rain will be tapering from north to south as the day progresses. Another 2 to 4 inches of snowfall was likely Wednesday morning in Jefferson County, in the foothills southwest of Denver, before the snow tapers off.
After reaching the mid-60s with sunshine Monday, conditions in Colorado drastically changed Tuesday. Snow and rain began to overspread the state Tuesday morning, with more of Colorado seeing precipitation by Tuesday evening.
How much snow will Denver see?
Denver will see mostly rain from this storm with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees Wednesday morning, though a few snowflakes could mix in. But little to no snowfall accumulation is expected for the metro area.
Chilly rain has been the story in Pueblo as well, with a rain/snow mix falling in Colorado Springs as of Wednesday morning.
Landspouts spotted near Denver
And if the precipitation wasn't enough, landspouts were spotted near the Denver area on Tuesday afternoon.
Video shows the landspout forming near Denver International Airport.
The NWS office in Boulder, Colorado, issued Tornado Warnings for other landspouts spotted about 35 miles northeast of Denver in Keenesburg.
A landspout is similar to a tornado but forms differently. The landspout's spinning motion originates at the ground, whereas a tornado's spin starts at the cloud base.