Powerful winter, with severe blizzards, was in the last days reported from almost all USA, including parts of Midwest and Northeast, Northwest /https://mkweather.com/buffalo-45-cm-17-6-inches-boston-28-cm-11-inches-new-york-21-cm-8-4-inches-northeast-after-the-first-big-blizzard-of-the-season/; https://mkweather.com/nashville-tennessee-with-63-inches-16-cm-of-snow-the-highest-snowfall-since-2016-and-23rd-in-history/; https://mkweather.com/wachington-state-122-cm-48-inches-48-hours-in-lower-areas-severe-floods//, but too from the southern Rocky Mountains /this article/.
Rocky Mountains National Park reports according to witnesses 6-12 (almost 2-4 meters) high snowdrifts along roads and winter season is after deadly wildfires /https://mkweather.com/1000-homes-destroyed-after-horrifying-winter-wildfires-in-denver-colorado// in full swing.
The Fall River Entrance, Beaver Meadows Entrance, and Wild Basin Entrance to the park remain closed to vehicles as crews work according to /https://www.outtherecolorado.com/news/plows-facing-6-to-12-foot-snow-drifts-at-rocky-mountain-national-park/article_cf4afa8c-70aa-11ec-9041-2b25eedbe82f.html/.
High snow drifts are partially a result of severe winds, which have persisted in the region in the last period, together with heavy snowfall.
“Warm temperatures on roadways prior to the storm, followed by frigid temperatures, then snow and rain added a thick layer of ice. Ice, winds, drifted and consolidated snow are impacting heavy equipment and rotary plows. These drifts cannot be pushed through with a typical snowplow. It takes time and specialized heavy-duty equipment to cut through these drifts,” told officials of the park to outtherecolorado.com.
According to ECMWF 6-week outlook /https://mkweather.com/ecmwf-6-week-forecast-for-the-usa-canada-mexico-until-21-february-2022//, cold weather is forecast to persist in the region until the end of January 2022, while February 2022 should be in southern parts of the USA again anomalously warm.
During the next weeks, therefore, snow cover in the regions should increase, yet.
Spring 2022 is forecast in the USA to be very hot and dry in the Southwest and tornadic in Midwest /https://mkweather.com/spring-2022-forecast-for-north-america//, with a possibility of sharp melting of the snow in the southern Rocky Mountains.
Illustration picture. Source: https://youtu.be/FADdD69ZxO8