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October snow arrives in the mountains, high winds hit the front range

Ice, snow and slush have begun to accumulate on some mountain passes so drivers should slow down and be aware of the changing conditions.

COLORADO, USA — After 28 days without any snow in the state, some parts of Colorado are once again dealing with icy roadways and high wind gusts Sunday afternoon. 

Most of the snow is concentrated in the mountains, while areas across the front range are dealing with strong wind gusts. The highest was a gust of 77 mph measured on Berthoud Pass, which runs between Empire and Winter Park.

The strongest winds Sunday afternoon are in northern Larimer and northern Weld counties where gusts have been measured around 50-60 mph.

Denver is expected to see increasing winds over the next couple hours with gusts from 40-55 mph, according to NWS.

A high wind warning has been issued for portions of northeast Colorado until 6 p.m. Sunday night.

Park Hill resident Asa Darrow sent in this video that shows a tree that was apparently toppled in one of those large gusts.

Ice snow and slush have started to collect on some mountain passes, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) and drivers are advised to use caution and slow down.

The snow is a welcome sign where wildfires and continuing to burn and any moisture is needed.

The Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County has burned 134,559 acres since mid-August and the Middle Fork Fire near Steamboat Springs has grown to more than 16,000 acres in recent days.

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9NEWS viewer Shannon Lukens sent this picture from Steamboat Springs where she said residents couldn't be happier to see the snow.

Credit: Shannon Lukens
Snow in Steamboat Springs

Along with the wind, Denver and the front range continue to see sunny skies with temperatures in the 70s Sunday afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to drop quickly into the 50s by 5 p.m. Sunday, and then down into the upper 30s by Monday morning. 

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