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First Alert Action Day: Dangerous winds in the Colorado mountains. Snow on the way!

High Winds Sunday, then snow and cold coming!
Posted at 10:10 AM, Feb 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-20 17:47:48-05

DENVER -  FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY: Gusty winds will continue along the Front Range and in the Colorado mountains Sunday.

A High Wind Warning is in effect across the northern Front Range mountains.  It includes Larimer, Boulder, Jefferson and Summit counties. We could see winds reaching 55-85 mph at times. These high winds will warm us up across the plains, with highs about 10 to 15 degrees above normal. 

 Sunday will be mild - in the low to mid 60s for Denver,  but clouds and winds will be increasing in Denver ahead of the next storm system.

The next storm will begin to move into the state night Sunday and Monday.  The track of this storm shows some promise of being a pretty good snow-maker for the mountains as well as the Denver area! Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for SW Colorado for 8"-16" of snow, and a Winter Storm Watch for our central and northern mountains for 6"-12" of snow. 

Highs on Monday for Denver will only be in the upper 20s-with snow, then upper teens with snow for Tuesday. The plains could see around 1-4 inches of snow, with up to 6 inches possible north of Denver, up to the Wyoming border.

Clearing skies statewide for Wednesday, with highs in the mid-30s. Milder weather returns for the end of the week. 

SNOW UPDATE: So far, we've only seen 15.4" of snow at Denver International Airport and that is about half normal at this point in the season.  In fact, we would need about 20 inches of snow before the end of February to hit our normals for the season. 

In the mountains, the snow-pack is roughly at 65% of normal for the season, with the southern mountain areas in the worst shape. The recent storm is helping, but we could use several more good snowstorms!

Stay with the Denver7 weather team for the latest updates on the storm and current weather conditions.