Colorado’s governor is activating his state’s National Guard Friday for assistance in search-and-rescue missions as a major winter storm that some forecasters are describing as a potential “blockbuster blizzard” is set to dump feet of snow across the region.
The oncoming blast of wintry weather is expected to last through Sunday and leave up to 48 inches of snow in parts of Colorado, including up to 30 near Boulder and Fort Collins and 24 in Denver, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. Winter Storm Warnings and Watches are also in effect for portions of Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, which could see up to 34 inches of snow and wind gusts as high as 50 mph in areas around Cheyenne.
“Let me advise you — you don’t want to be one of those people that might have to be search, found and rescued,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday night, adding that around 50 members of the National Guard equipped with specialized vehicles will be on standby.