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Colorado: Winter storm flags are flying

A big, cold Pacific storm is moving toward Colorado.

Widespread snow, cold temps expected across Colorado this weekend

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — After an extended Indian Summer that saw many Summit County spots flirt with record high temps for late October and early November, thing are about to change drastically.

A cold Pacific storm will sweep across the state this weekend, potentially delivering up to two feet of snow in the San Juans, with up to 12 inches possible across many mountain areas. The best moisture appears to be associated with the approaching cold front, so the heaviest snow amounts look to be in areas favored by southwest flow, including the San Juans, the Steamboat area, the West Elks and the Flatttops, but the I-70 corridor won’t get completely skunked.

There’s enough moisture, a strong jet stream and big pool of cold air that should help generate at least a period of heavy snow in Vail, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone and A-Basin.

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Summit County should see between 1 to 3 inches of snow Friday night into Saturday, with another 1 to 4 inches possible Saturday. High temps Saturday will climb only into the mid-teens to 20s, and with winds blowing between 10-20 mph, it will feel like winter.

Winter storm warnings and advisories are in effect for most of the western Colorado mountains, with snow showers expected to continue under chilly skies Sunday. A northwest flow will persist the early part of next week, bringing somewhat drier conditions with some possible snow later in the week.

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