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Winter Storm Warnings, Advisories in Colorado as snow returns

Mountain travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.
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COLORADO, USA — It's going to be a snowy week across the mountains and a mostly cloudy one for the Denver area.

A series of winter storms will impact Colorado's western mountains, bringing more than a foot of snow to many areas. 

The snow showers that pushed into the state on Monday will gradually decrease Tuesday morning. However, snow is expected to increase Tuesday evening in the mountains as the next system approaches.

Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories have been issued for the mountains and Western Slope through Thursday morning. Most of Colorado's western mountains can expect 5 to 16 inches of snow. The highest totals will fall in the San Juans, where up to three feet of snow could fall this week.

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The National Weather Service (NWS) said mountain travelers should be prepared for hazardous travel conditions at times throughout the week.

Roads across areas of western Colorado will be slick and patchy, blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

Avalanche danger will also increase as the week progresses. Nine people have already died in avalanches across Colorado so far this winter season, including two more this past weekend.

The pattern of winter weather disturbances that move through Colorado this week will keep the Front Range's weather relatively unsettled.

The Denver area will have a chance for rain or snow just about every day from Wednesday through the weekend, though none of these appear to be particularly impactful.

The best chances for Denver area rain or snow will probably be on Wednesday night and early Thursday and on Sunday. 

Temperatures in the Denver area and along the Front Range will remain mostly mild this week with highs in the 50s.

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

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