Blizzard warning issued for Wednesday’s snowstorm

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DENVER — Cold, wind, rain and snow are on the way. Tuesday was pleasant, but the wind and cloud cover have been increasing. Tuesday night through Wednesday, the heaviest activity will move through the state.

For the Denver metro area and the Front Range, there will likely be travel impacts on Wednesday. This will include commuting, flights through Denver International Airport and travel on the Plains.

The wind will push in colder temperatures by the morning — mid-30s early Wednesday — with rain and snow overnight becoming heavier and more widespread by daybreak. The wind and snow will combine to make blizzard conditions possible across the metro area to the northeast and south.

A portion of the metro area is under a blizzard warning for this storm:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DENVER HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 6 PM MDT WEDNESDAY. THE
WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...THE SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL DEVELOP TOWARDS
  SUNRISE WEDNESDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.
  THE HEAVIEST SNOW AND STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED FROM MID
  MORNING THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON.



* WIND/VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 45
  TO 55 MPH POSSIBLE ACROSS THE PLAINS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW
  WILL PRODUCE SNOWPACKED ROADS AND POOR VISIBILITIES.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL MAY BECOME HAZARDOUS ON WEDNESDAY. SOME ROAD
  CLOSURES WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE PLAINS.

The snow will become heavier in Denver during the morning and will continue through the afternoon. 5 to 10 inches will fall in most of the greater metro area, with the higher accumulations east and south of downtown ranging from 7 to 15 inches, including the airport.

The evening commute will likely be slower than that of the morning, but should plan on extra time for each.

Sunshine is back on Thursday with a high around 50 degrees. Another round of wintry weather arrives Friday, bringing a rain/snow mix during the afternoon and evening.

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