KUSA - Winter weather returns to Colorado this weekend as a strong storm moves in from the Southwest.
Saturday will start off with plenty of sunshine and temperatures rising in the low 40s on the Front Range, but as the storm moves east clouds will increase and a rain/snow mix will appear east of the Divide lasting through the early Sunday morning. Snow accumulations will reach from 1 to 3" through this period, with 2 to 4" around Monument Hill and the Foothills.
Snow on the plains this evening will be from 4 to 8", and with winds gusting up to 45 mph blizzard conditions are likely.
The snow will be heaviest in the mountains Saturday evening and lingering through Sunday morning. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph are possible in higher elevations causing blowing and drifting snow. Accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are possible north of I-70, and 10 to 20" for Aspen, Vail and Snowmass. Southern mountains could see from 8 to 16 inches through Sunday morning, and an additional 6 to 12 inches through noon on Monday.
Temperatures for the Front Range will remain cool through Monday with highs in the mid to upper 30s. The dry and mild weather returns for the middle of the week with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 40s.
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