Colorado weather forecast: Snow piles up in the High Country

1:27 PM, Jan 27, 2012   |    comments
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A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY remains in effect until 6 p.m. Friday for northern and central mountains west of the Continental Divide. Most of the snow has accumulated already, with 5 to 10 inches reported for mountain areas like Winter Park, Loveland and Breckenridge. Some isolated areas could see more, with up to a foot accumulating. Vail has seen 11 inches of snow in just the last 24 hours.

The system moving through will also bring strong winds from time to time. Wind gusts Friday morning through the foothills and up to the Continental Divide ranged between 25 and 40 mph.

Chilly temperatures follow the cold front along the Front Range. Places near Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley and Denver can expect temperatures in the mid to upper 30s Friday afternoon with northerly winds at 10 to 20 mph.  Light snow or flurries is expected for the Front Range, with Denver expecting the highest amounts.  An inch or less will fall thanks to a few snow bands that set up along I-25.  Partly cloudy skies are expected to return for the afternoon.

Once this system moves out warmer temperatures and sunshine will return for the weekend. Highs Saturday will be in the upper 40s and low 50s, Sunday's highs could be near 60.

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