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Another winter storm heading for Colorado this week

Mild weather begins the week but will give way to arctic air and snow for the mountains and the plains.
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Colorado will see beautiful but windy weather on Presidents' Day before another midweek winter storm.

Monday will see a mix of sun and clouds in Denver with highs in the upper 50s before afternoon winds kick up. Clouds should increase throughout Tuesday with warm afternoon temperatures before a cold front arrives.

A High Wind Warning is in effect for the Front Range mountains and foothills until noon Tuesday. Gusts could top 80 mph in wind-prone areas of Boulder County and 30-50 mph gusts along the Interstate 25 corridor.

On Tuesday night, the next winter system will begin to push into Colorado's Front Range. That'll lead to mountain snow developing on Tuesday night, accompanied by winds that could howl up to 70 mph overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

Winter Storm Watches will be in effect from 11 a.m. Monday through 11 p.m. Wednesday for the western half of Colorado and northern Colorado, including Fort Collins. The western mountains of Colorado could get 1 to 2 feet of snow, with winds gusting up to 65 to 70 mph, creating blowing snow and hazardous travel.

Moderate to heavy snow showers move into Denver, and portions of the Interstate 25 corridor, by the Wednesday morning commute. Snow is likely throughout the day on Wednesday, with Wednesday evening's commute the most impacted.

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Look for 2 to 6 inches of snow in the Denver area from Wednesday's storm, though there's a fair degree of uncertainty in the forecast. Higher amounts are likely in Fort Collins and northern Colorado, where 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall.

The snow should end Wednesday night for most of the state, including Denver.

Perhaps the bigger story for the Front Range urban corridor, though, might be the cold. Sub-zero temperatures are likely in Denver on Thursday morning, but we'll be back in the 50s by Saturday.

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

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