A WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect for all mountain areas lying northwest of Vail Pass to the Wyoming Border Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.
At the start of the storm, the snow level will be up near 11,000 feet, but by early Saturday morning, it will lower to near 8,000 feet in mountain areas.
Snow amounts will vary widely but are forecast to be generally from 4 to 8 inches with up to one foot on southwest facing slopes above 10,000 feet.
Winds will be strong with the snow, with gusts up to 75 mph at and above treeline. Zero visibility is expected in those areas.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the same snow amount, 4 to 8 inches, but less wind is in effect from 9 a.m. Friday until 9 p.m. Friday for the southern and southwestern mountains of Colorado.
For Denver and the Eastern Plains, a few isolated rain and thundershowers are expected from late Friday morning through Friday evening. The gusty southerly wind will evaporate some of the rain as it falls.
Saturday morning will be windy and cold with rain at lower elevations along the Front Range, including the Denver area, but snow will fall in the foothills with 1 to 3 inches accumulation.
By Saturday afternoon, the showers will end but the blustery north wind will keep going.
Dry, mild weather is expected Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with highs in the lower to middle 70s.
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