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Mild and dry in Denver Wednesday, high country braces for significant snowfall

The northeastern Colorado weather outlook for Wednesday, January 29, 2014.
The northeastern Colorado weather outlook for Wednesday, January 29, 2014.
Denver Weather Examiner

Today’s forecast is a tale of two halves. Lower elevations of the forecast area will enjoy a very mild day while the mountains prepare for heavy snow.

Here on the plains the Mile High City is going to see a bounce back to unseasonably warm temperatures. Highs will be topping out in the mid-50s under partly sunny skies. Conditions will be dry across the plains.

Up in the mountains the story will be quite different. A significant winter storm will be arriving in the high country this afternoon delivering a big shot of snow.

Snow will develop this afternoon and become widespread and heavy tonight. Coupled with strong winds, extreme winter weather conditions will be seen. Many locations will be receiving from 12 to 22 inches of snowfall between this evening and Friday morning.

A Winter Storm Warning will be going into effect at 6:00 p.m. this evening and run through 5:00 a.m. Friday. Travel will become hazardous in the affected areas with whiteout conditions and drifting snow.

In the foothills it isn’t snow that is a concern but high winds. A High Wind Watch is in effect for the Front Range foothills from this evening through tonight. Gusts to 80 mph will be possible.

Looking ahead, there is a chance some of that moisture hitting the mountains will spill out to lower elevations tomorrow afternoon. Right now it looks like a 50 / 50 shot that the Denver area would see snow tomorrow into Friday. This will bear close watching as the system gets closer as chances could increase.

A series of cold fronts will be dropping temperatures through the extended period. Highs on Thursday will be around 40 degrees followed by the mid-30s Friday and then hovering around 30 degrees through the weekend. See the image for today’s northeastern Colorado outlook and monitor our Severe Weather Page for the latest.

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