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Snow returns to Denver area this week: Here's how much we could get

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Denver area and most of northeastern Colorado for Tuesday night and Wednesday.
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DENVER — The Front Range could see 6 to 11 inches of snow from a winter storm on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

The National Weather Service office in Boulder issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire Denver area and most of northeastern Colorado for Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Prepare for very difficult travel for both Wednesday morning and afternoon, and perhaps on Tuesday evening as well. 

An area of low pressure moving in from the West Coast will cut across far southern Colorado on Tuesday night, bringing areas of heavy snowfall into the Front Range by Tuesday evening. The majority of the snow will likely fall overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

Most of the snow will likely come from a relatively narrow band of snow on the storm's northwest side, known as a deformation zone. It's an area of extra lift in the atmosphere. It's also a fancy way of saying there could be adjustments to the forecast as we get closer to the storm because most of the snow will fall over a relatively small area.

This would continue what's already been an active start to the snow season for the Front Range. As of Sunday, Denver's seen 25.6 inches of season-to-date snowfall, about 3 inches above average.

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