The areas north and east of Denver in the Eastern Plains are under a blizzard warning, which will affect airport travel in and out by air and ground. The airport is just out of the area to the east that is under a blizzard warning.
The northeastern plains could see wind gusts of up to 60 mph, causing whiteout conditions, and 4 to 10 inches of snow are expected. The Colorado Department of Transportation issued a travel alert, urging drivers to pay attention to the weather before getting on the road.
“The harsh travel conditions resulting from this severe weather system will make an opportune time for folks to stay off the roads, stay home and work remotely if you can,” said John Lorme, CDOT director of maintenance and operations. “Limiting non-essential travel will help our crews address the snowy highways, creating safer conditions for motorists and our workers.”
How much snow is expected at the Denver airport
The extremity of conditions at DIA are dependent on the wind direction, Pinpoint Weather meteorologist Travis Michels explained.
“Denver needs a northeast wind to have upsloping and we would get good snow, but a northwest or westerly wind will bring downsloping along the foothills, which dries out the air and warms it,” Michels said. “We get a little wind out of the northeast, but mostly we’ll see a northwest wind, which provides enough moisture out along the plains, but not along the Front Range.”
As for total snowfall, the range for the city is 1-2 inches but the airport is expected to receive 2-3 inches. The gusty winds on the plains will impact takeoffs and landings and possibly cause delays and cancellations.
If you’re traveling out of the state, your safest bet is to check your flight status ahead of time. The same goes for anyone expecting an incoming visitor as the airport will possibly shut down travel if the conditions are unsafe.
How is a blizzard defined?
According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard is a storm with wind speeds of 35 mph or more and considerable falling and/or blowing of snow with visibility of less than one-quarter mile for three or more hours.
The blizzard warnings for this storm are in effect from midnight on Monday to midnight on Tuesday.