DENVER — Dry and warm weather for Colorado ahead of a big change in the weather pattern. Highs reached the upper 50s to low 60s across the Denver metro-area and plains. The mountains were in the high 30s to low 40s - the "warm before the storm".
A powerful winter storm system will move into Colorado from the west on Monday. Expect increasing clouds and winds across the plains, with snow developing in the mountains west of the Continental Divide.
Snow, heavy at times, will impact the mountains Monday night through early Wednesday. Denver and the eastern plains will see much colder temperatures, high winds and snow likely for the Tuesday morning commute.
As of now, snow accumulations in the mountains will reach between 8 to 16 inches, 1 to 4 inches for the Denver-area, and 4 to 10 inches over the northeast quarter of the state. Blizzard conditions will develop on Tuesday over northeastern Colorado with road closures likely along I-76 and vicinity northeast of the Denver area. The blizzard will also impact eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska.
Although Denver will miss the heaviest of the snowfall, roads will be snow-covered and slippery Tuesday. Travel in the mountains will be difficult as well.
Cold weather will settle into the state for most of the week. Highs will stay in the 30s Wednesday and Thursday and a surge of even colder air will arrive Friday with some light snow expected.
The weather will stay cold through next weekend, with periods of light snow, especially in the mountains.
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