Heavy mountain snow to snarl travel, Denver’s wind to bring rain and snow chances

DENVER -- A storm system crossing Colorado Saturday is bringing intense wind, heavy mountain snow, chances of rain and snow for the metro areas, and colder temperatures. It is a Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

A High Wind Warning has been issued for the Front Range and Eastern Plains until 2 a.m. Sunday. Gusts of up to 50-65 mph are possible as a cold front moves through the region. Travel will be difficult on I-76, I-25 and I-70, especially for high-profile vehicles like semis. Rain and snow is also possible Saturday but the biggest impact for Denver and the Front Range will be wind.

By Sunday, the wind calms as the storm exits. So, what's left behind? Well, a lot of snow.

Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect in the mountains. Heavy snow is expected Saturday. Motorists should expect dangerous travel conditions west of the foothills.

As the previously mentioned wind increases Saturday it will be bringing some rain and snow to the metro areas. This will be very hit and miss activity, but possible throughout the day to see bursts of rain and snow. That's why we see some snowfall accumulation showing up on the Palmer Divide between Denver and Colorado Springs and also areas of the plains.

So, for Saturday Denver will be cooler/chilly especially with the wind. And, we have a 30 percent chance of rain and snow, too.

The system does clear Sunday and that will allow travel to quickly rebound to what it is like under normal weather conditions. The Broncos game will be classic fall football weather for Denver -- a chill.

 

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