Blizzard conditions expected for parts of eastern Colorado

DENVER -- A storm system that will cool Denver by 40 degrees will bring some snow to the metro area, a far cry from the snowfall expected over the northeastern Plains.

To make matters worse, very strong wind will create travel problems along Interstates 76 and 70.

Starting Friday morning, there will be areas of snowfall moving into northeastern Colorado that will get much heavier throughout the day and into the night.

Blizzard conditions are expected as winds gust as high as 65 mph that will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely.

Total snow accumulations of 4-8 inches with locally higher amounts up to 10 inches are expected in and surrounding areas such as Sterling, Akron, Julesburg, Holyoke, Yuma, Wray and Burlington.

Blizzard conditions are expected to last until 6 a.m. Saturday.

Travel will be impacted, as well as damage to trees and power lines.

Closer to Denver, mostly on the south side, there will be the potential for the strongest wind and some accumulating snowfall.

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