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Clearing skies and slick roads Saturday morning

Snow moves east Saturday
Posted at 6:08 AM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-23 10:05:22-05

DENVER — Difficult driving conditions through early Saturday for Denver and through the day across the eastern plains!

A storm system is moving through Colorado and it will bring blizzard conditions to eastern Colorado through Saturday morning. Snow will be heavy at times in Denver - spreading east across the plains with lighter snows in the metro area by daybreak.

All of northeastern Colorado including the Denver metro area are under a Winter Weather Advisory for about 6 inches of snow and blowing snow. The winds will create blizzard-like conditions tonight. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the eastern quarter of the state, with a Blizzard Warning near the Kansas border. Some areas may see 8 to 10 inches of snow, but it will be hard to tell the depth due to drifting.

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The mountains have already been walloped by this storm with over a foot of new snow awaiting weekend skiers - deepest in the San Juan Mountains where up to two feet of snow has fallen. Snow will end in the high country early Saturday, but it will be windy and cold. Bundle up and allow loads of extra time to get from the Front Range to the ski resorts.

Many roads will be closed across eastern Colorado through midday at least, with conditions not improving over the far eastern plains until mid-to late afternoon. In Denver, skies will clear by late morning, but it will be windy and cold with highs in the middle 30s.

Milder and drier weather will begin to return to Colorado Sunday with highs in the 40s for Denver. By early next week, temperatures will climb back into the 50s Monday through Thursday with dry conditions for Denver and the plains.

A little snow may return to the mountains late Tuesday and Wednesday.