Colorado weather forecast: Blizzard conditions expected with snow and wind

11:29 AM, Nov 2, 2011   |    comments
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9NEWS Meteorologist Ashton Altieri says the snow will finish up by noon Wednesday over the Denver area and Northern Colorado, but down along the Palmer Divide and Monument Hill, the snow could last as late as 3 p.m.

Total snowfall for the Denver metro area by noon Wednesday is  forecast to be 5 to 10 inches, with 8 to 14 inches in the mountains and foothills along the Front Range. A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for the Denver area, adjacent foothills, east to Watkins through noon Wednesday.

Strong winds - especially on the south and southeast sides of town - could cause blizzard conditions, reducing visibility to zero at times during Wednesday morning's commute. BLIZZARD WARNINGS are  in effect from midnight Wednesday until noon Wednesday from Castle Rock east to the Kansas border and south over Monument Hill where they received 5 to 10 inches of snow and winds up to 50 mph thus far. A few areas along Interstate 70 in eastern Adams and Arapahoe Counties could see up to a foot of snow or a little more. 

If you are planning to travel east, please check for the latest road closures.

Highs Monday were in the lower 70s, but after a transition day around 50 degrees on Tuesday - even with sunshine Wednesday afternoon - highs will only manage to make it into the upper 20s and lower 30s with very cold northerly winds.

Sunny skies Thursday will allow Denver to climb back to almost 50 degrees but another storm system may bring snow showers back to the area early Saturday morning.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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