A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for mountain areas west of the Continental Divide from 6 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Saturday. Lower elevations near Meeker and Steamboat Springs can expect 3 to 8 inches of new snow. Central mountain areas near Vail, Aspen and Crested Butte can expect 6 to 14 inches of new snow. Six to 12 inches is expected near Telluride, with 3 to 6 inches of accumulation forecast for Durango.
A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for the southwest San Juans and the San Juan River Basin from 6 p.m. Thursday until 9 a.m. Saturday. Higher elevations near Silverton can expect 10 to 20 inches of new snow. Lower elevations near Pagosa Springs will see 5 to 10 inches of snow.
A BLIZZARD WARNING is in effect for eastern San Juan locations from 6 p.m. Thursday until 9 a.m. Saturday. Locations near Wolf Creek and Cumbres Pass will see 10 to 20 inches of new snow and 60 mph wind gusts. White out conditions will make travel near impossible as the storm moves through the area.
A HIGH WIND WATCH is in effect for the Sangre De Cristos and southeastern Colorado south of I-70 Friday. Winds will gust to 60 mph ahead of the storm. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles in the area.
Meanwhile, cold and snow is also expected for the Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder and Greeley areas. Snow will arrive east of I-25 late Friday afternoon, into Friday evening. The system is tracking far enough north, that very little accumulation is expected. Less than an inch will fall along the Front Range by Saturday morning. If the storm tracks further south, Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley will see more snow accumulate.
High temperatures will be in the middle 30s by Friday along the Front Range as the system settles into the state. We'll only get up to 20 degrees on Saturday, making for a bitter cold Broncos and Ravens game. In fact, the cold air is not expected to move out until Tuesday of next week.