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A winter storm bearing down on Colorado and surrounding states will likely impact travelers heading home from Christmas on Saturday. But just how much snow areas will receive is still a little tricky, as of Friday morning.
A strong low pressure system will enter Colorado from the southwest by late Friday and will impact travel to some degree in the state and surrounding area mainly Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. That’s when the bulk of the wind, which is expected to reach 45 mph, and the heaviest snow, 4 to 8 inches on the Eastern Plains, is forecast to fall.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for much of Colorado’s Eastern Plains on Saturday.
NWS said Friday that travel “may become very difficult or impossible Saturday with near blizzard conditions on the plains with the wind and snow.” The Front Range is expected to see lighter snowfall totals if the current pattern sets up. NWS cautions conditions still could change as there is “quite a bit of uncertainty with the exact track of the storm.”
Travel impacts are expected along Interstate 70 and Interstate 76 in Colorado as well as Interstate 80 in Wyoming and Nebraska and Interstate 25 in Wyoming.
Snow forecast totals
Through Sunday, according to NWS:
- Fort Collins: 1-2 inches
- Greeley: 3-4 inches
- Estes Park 1-2 inches
- Sterling: 4-6 inches
- Fort Morgan: 6-8 inches
- Akron: 6-8 inches
- Limon: 4-6 inches
- Boulder: 1-2 inches
- Denver: 2-3 inches
- Steamboat: 4 inches
- Winter Park 4-6 inches
- Vail: 4 inches
- Aspen: 6 inches
- Pagosa Springs: 8 inches
- Durango: 6 inches
- Telluride: 11 inches
- Laramie: 3 inches
- Cheyenne: 3 inches
- North Platte: 6-8 inches
- Ogallala: 6-8 inches
- Sydney: 4 inches
- Chadron: 9 inches
Weather models are uncertain where and how much snow areas will get, prompting NWS to urge travelers to continue to check for updates.
NWS is calling for 2 to 5 inches of snow for Denver International Airport, with the bulk of that coming Saturday.
Saturday’s forecast calls for 2 to 4 inches of snow with patchy blowing snow after 10 a.m., growing to 13 to 23 mph wind with gusts as high as 34 mph.
For flight status, contact your airline carrier.
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