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Colorado: Winter weather ahead

A storm approaching from the Pacific Northwest should bring a first blast of wintry weather to Colorado high country.

Parts of the high country should see some good snowfall

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — An advancing cold front associated with moist, cold air should bring widespread snow to northwestern Colorado the second half of the week, especially Wednesday night when the front crosses the area.

For now, the National Weather Service has hoisted a winter weather advisory for the north-central mountains from the Wyoming border down through Vail and Aspen, where four to eight inches are possible across the higher terrain.

Snow should start to pick up Wednesday afternoon and into the night before easing up Thursday as  drier air moves back into the region, though a strong north to northwest flow could keep orographic showers going over the peaks.

The National Weather Service is predicting the heaviest snowfall for the Elkhead Range, but says significant accumulations could also spread to the Park and Gore ranges.

Temperatures will also drop drastically across the mountains the next few days, by up to 20 degrees from the unseasonably warm 50s. Thursday’s and Friday’s highs are only forecast to reach the low 30s.

Nightime lows will drop to winter levels and linger in the low to mid-teens through the weekend.

Much drier conditions expected Friday, but the cold temperatures persist through the weekend, perhaps climbing back to the upper 30s by Sunday.

 

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