KUSA - An arctic blast of air is scheduled to arrive to the Front Range Tuesday afternoon, according to the Colorado weather forecast.
Temperatures will drop 50 degrees from Monday to Wednesday with accumulating snow in the metro area. Some mountain locations will be measuring snow totals in feet.
Windy and warm conditions will develop ahead of all the cold and snow. Gusty Chinook winds will move through the Continental Divide and down through the foothills Monday afternoon. Gusts could reach 80 mph at times. Wind gusts in the metro area will be between 20 and 25 mph Monday. Highs will be in the middle 60s. Winds will decrease Monday night as an arctic cold front approaches the area from the north.
Arctic air pushes south into Colorado Tuesday morning bringing heavy snow, first, to northern mountain areas. Snow will move south of I-70 throughout Tuesday with heavy snow over the San Juans Tuesday evening.
Front Range temperatures will be near 40 degrees by lunch time on Tuesday. Cold air will move into Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley and Boulder Tuesday afternoon with snow falling east of Interstate 25 Tuesday night.
A WINTER STORM WATCH goes into effect Tuesday morning for mountain areas along and east of the Continental Divide. Northern mountain locations near Kremmling, Breckenridge, Winter Park and the Eisenhower Tunnel can expect 8 to 20 inches of snow by Wednesday afternoon. Locations near the Yampa River Basin can expect 6 to 12 inches of snow.
Central and southwest mountain areas near Vail, Aspen, Telluride and Silverton will see 1 to 2 feet of snow accumulate by Wednesday evening. Lower elevations near Durango and Pagosa Springs will see 4 to 8 inches of snowfall.
A WINTER STORM WARNING goes into effect Monday night for Steamboat Springs, the Park and Elkhead mountains and Rabbit Ears Pass. Up to three feet of snow may fall near the Park and Elkhead Mountains. Locations near Steamboat Springs can expect 10 to 20 inches of snow, with 1 to 2 feet falling near Rabbit Ears Pass.
The snow forecast does not look as impressive for Denver and the Front Range. Most locations along and east of I-25 will see 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulate by Wednesday night. Some western and southern suburbs could see slightly more with 3 to 6 inches forecast. Snow becomes much lighter on the far eastern plains. Greeley may get up to 2 inches of snow with less than an inch falling east of Limon.
The storm will begin to diminish Wednesday night. However, light snow and flurries will be possible in mountain areas and along the Front Range through Friday morning. The cold air will be harder to get rid of. Highs will be in the teens and single digits Wednesday through the weekend.
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