Massive snow squalls block iconic mountain views in Boulder, Colorado


Those along the Colorado waterfront and beyond begin to be blown by high winds, likely to reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour on Wednesday, December 15.

Shocking photos released by the National Weather Service show how unpredictable weather conditions of this nature can be, as a snow squall suddenly appeared over the iconic Flatirons rock formation in Boulder, Colorado.

More details on this snow squall will likely be released as the day progresses, but for now, check out this sight – or the lack thereof – as thunderstorm clouds blanketed one of the lesser scenes. Colorado’s most recognizable.

Squint at the photo below and you’ll see a rainbow that made a cameo appearance.

A snow squall moves over the iconic Boulder Flatirons around 7:30 a.m. on December 15. Photo credit: National Weather Service.

Here are some more photos, posted by Curtis Walker.

Here is a timelapse of the snow squall, captured by Phil Plait:

Winds are expected to continue throughout Wednesday, with incredibly strong gusts in the part of the state east of the Continental Divide. The gusts are expected to peak between approximately 10 a.m. and noon. Those in the western half of the state should be prepared for snow.

If you happen to get caught in a snow squall, find a safe place to stop and wait. Snow squalls are brief and typically last 30 minutes to an hour. Not much snow will fall in this eastern half of the state today, but the strong winds will make any snow a problem, severely limiting visibility.

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