Colorado is set to see a wide variety of weather on Tuesday with a winter storm dumping snow on the high country and dry but windy conditions at lower elevations. Large parts of the northeastern part of the state are under a variety of watches and warnings.
The winter storm in the mountains is set to drop from 5 to 10 additional inches of snow, mainly in areas north of I-70. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of the central mountain areas from I-70 north to the Wyoming border.
Further to the west, a Winter Storm Warning covers areas west of the Continental Divide where 10 to 20 inches of snow is possible. The higher mountain passes across the state will see difficult driving conditions.
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While we won’t be seeing snow at the lower elevations, we will definitely be seeing wind this afternoon and through tonight. A High Wind Watch is in effect from this afternoon through Wednesday morning for the Front Range foothills. Areas at the base of the foothills in the usual wind prone locations could see gusts up to 80mph.
Here in Denver we too will see our fair share of wind. Gusts this afternoon will reach 40 to 45 mph. There will be some easing of the winds overnight but gusts to 30mph will be possible until early tomorrow morning. Temperatures today will reach the mid to upper 40s in town.
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Wednesday looks to bring warmer temperatures and at least a bit of a break from the wind as we expect it to be our warmest day of the week. Highs tomorrow will be around 56 degrees with sunny skies overhead.
On Thursday we will cool down as the next storm system approaches and see highs right near the average for the date of 50 degrees. Partly sunny skies will be above.
An approaching storm is set to arrive Thursday night and will bring with it colder temperatures and our next chance at snow in the Mile High City. Highs on Friday will only be in the mid-30s. It is too early to put any sort of number on potential snowfall amounts but right now it does appear we have good chances to see accumulations.
Looking ahead to the weekend, temperatures are going to bounce back a bit and it is going to remain dry. Get the complete forecast for today and through the weekend in the slideshow.