Colorado weather forecast: Snow ending in mountains, mild in Denver

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9NEWS Meteorologist Becky Ditchfield says the heavy snow that fell Monday throughout much of the high country, bringing up to 2 feet to some mountain locations, is moving out of the state.

Some parts of Summit County reported Monday a heavy snow band that moved through, producing eight inches of snow in six hours.

Earlier, gusty winds topped out at 99 mph over Loveland Pass and 85 mph above 11,500 feet in Breckenridge, creating near whiteout conditions for drivers for a time.

Total storm snowfall in the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs and in the Flattops will be in the 10- to 18-inch range.

For the Vail and Aspen areas, as well as the Front Range mountains west of the Continental Divide, total snowfall will be closer to 10 to 18 inches by the time the storm winds die down.

Snow showers were expected to end with this latest system by noon Tuesday. However, another system could bring more measurable snow to the high country by Tuesday night. Up to 6 inches of additional snowfall may accumulate in our northern and central mountains.

Tuesday will be partly sunny and mild along the Front Range, with highs in the upper 40s. Denver could see snow by Wednesday afternoon. Snow accumulation on the Front Range looks to be minor with 1 to 3 inches forecasted for the metro area. 

Check back with 9NEWS for frequent updates on potential snow totals with this storm.

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