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Winter Storm Watch issued for Denver area, warning for Colorado mountains

Weather watches and warnings for northeastern Colorado on January 29, 2014.
Weather watches and warnings for northeastern Colorado on January 29, 2014.
Denver Weather Examiner

A potent winter storm is bearing down on Colorado and appears set to have widespread effects. In the high country snowfall will be measured in feet in places and the Mile High City may see its biggest snowfall of the season.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Colorado Front Range and the western plains including the Denver metro area. This watch goes into effect Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and runs through 3:00 p.m. Friday.

A fast-moving system with a good deal of moisture will be pushing onto the Front Range tomorrow afternoon. Snow, possibly heavy at times, will become likely from mid-afternoon through Friday morning.

Total accumulations are forecast to be in the 3 to 6 inches with up to 5 to 10 inches in the foothills. There is the potential as well for bands of heavier snowfall to occur bringing greater isolated totals.

Right now it appears most of the snow will hold off until after the Thursday evening commute however you will be wanting to keep an eye on it as it gets closer. Needless to say, if thing materialize as expected, Friday morning’s drive to work and school will be rough.

There is a bit of a caveat with the snow forecast for the metro area. This system is accompanied by a powerful jet and fast moving fronts. That makes any forecast snow amounts subject to change quickly.

For the central and northern mountains a Winter Storm Warning will be going into effect at 6:00 p.m. this evening and run through 5:00 a.m. Friday. Snow will be developing this evening and continue through Thursday night.

Total accumulations for much of the high country will be in the 12 to 24 inch range, isolated areas will see higher amounts. In addition to the snow, strong winds will create blowing snow and whiteout conditions.

Needless to say, travel in the mountains is going to be difficult and should probably be avoided if possible. If you must take to the roads, be sure to have proper emergency gear with you.

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