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Winter weather watches posted for parts of Colo. Front Range ahead of Wednesday-Thursday snowstorm

5-8" likely, up to 12" possible for Palmer Divide, foothills
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Posted at 12:07 PM, Oct 22, 2019

DENVER – Another dose of early-season snow is headed toward northern Colorado later this week – with winter storm watches already posted for the southern Front Range foothills and the Palmer Divide.

The snow and colder weather are expected to move into northern Colorado on Wednesday evening and bring snow to much of the area through Thursday morning.

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Winter storm watches were posted Tuesday and will go into effect Wednesday evening for the Front Range foothills, the Palmer Divide area and Pikes Peak area, which could all see at least 5 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday some higher-elevations areas of Boulder County, Park County and the central mountains could reach winter weather advisory criteria.

Near the Palmer Divide and in the foothills, 5 to 8 inches of snow is possible for the storm, but some areas could see up to a foot. In the mountains outside of Colorado Springs, 6 to 12 inches of snow is possible.

Denver and much of the metro area could see 2 to 4 inches by Thursday morning, with temperatures in the 30s and low 40s. Far northern Colorado is likely to see less snow than central and southern Front Range locations.

Winds gusting to 20 miles per hour at higher elevations could create poor travel conditions as the snow falls, and the Thursday morning commute is likely to be affected – particularly for people commuting in the foothills or through the Palmer Divide on I-25.

The storm is expected to move in fairly quickly Wednesday and be out of the area by Thursday afternoon as it moves east.

Friday and Saturday are expected to be warmer and sunny, with highs in the 50s and 60s in Denver.

But another storm could move in Sunday – though it’s still early in the week – and bring snow back to northern Colorado for the end of the weekend and possibly the start of next week.