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Winter weather in Colorado: How much snow we could get

The heaviest amounts of snow are expected in western and central Larimer County.
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DENVER — After a beautiful, spring-like weekend and Monday in Colorado, winter weather conditions return to start the week, along with strong winds and high fire danger.

A winter weather system will bring snow to Colorado's mountains beginning Monday afternoon before spreading onto the eastern plains early Tuesday.

The biggest snow impacts will be in the mountains of western Colorado, where the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories through Tuesday night.

The Elkhead and Park Mountains, as well as portions of Jackson County and Grand County. could see snow accumulations between 10 and 20 inches, with winds gusting as high as 50 mph. Drivers will encounter winter driving conditions with icy and snow packed roads overnight into Tuesday.

The snow will spread east and onto portions of the adjacent plains by early Tuesday morning. The Denver metro area will see off-and-on snow showers throughout Tuesday, resulting in mostly wet roads along the Front Range and eastern plains.

Total snow accumulations along the Front Range and plains are likely to be between a trace and 3 inches of new snow, mostly on grassy areas.

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For the Denver metro area, the best chance for snow will probably be on Tuesday afternoon and evening. Most of the Denver area will only see a slushy inch or two of accumulation from the storm.

Impacts from Tuesday's snow should be relatively low in the Denver area. The snow will mainly stick to colder surfaces like grass and car tops, and roads should stay mainly wet.

The warmup begins in Colorado on Thursday with drier and milder air. Denver's high temperature in Denver will be in the 70s Saturday, Sunday and Monday with mostly fair conditions.

WEATHER LINE 9: Updated weather info at 303-871-1492.

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