Blizzard warning issued for parts of metro Denver, northern Colorado: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

DENVER -- A storm is set to move into the Denver metro area on Wednesday, replacing 80-degree temperatures with rain, snow, wind and much colder temperatures. This storm will have an impact on roads, air travel and schools.

A Pinpoint Weather Alert Day has been issued for Wednesday and Thursday, and the Denver metro area south to the Palmer Divide, northern Colorado, including Greeley and Fort Collins, and the northeastern Plains are under a blizzard warning from Noon Wednesday to 12 p.m. Thursday. That is when the best chance for snow, wind and cold will move across the area.

With the storm still nearly a day out, there are still things that could change in the forecast. To be completely transparent, the Pinpoint Weather team is sharing a look at confidence levels in aspects of the storm.

Snowfall totals: Moderate confidence

  • Mountains: Up to 1 foot
  • Eastern Plains: 5-10 inches
  • Denver metro area: 1 to 4 inches
  • Fort Collins/northern Colorado: Trace to 3 inches
  • Palmer Divide (Castle Rock, Elizabeth): 4-8 inches
  • Foothills of Jefferson and Boulder counties: 5-10 inches

Timing: Moderate confidence

  • Front arrives: Midday/early afternoon hours
  • Rain, transitioning to snow: Around the lunch hour
  • All snow: Through evening commute into Thursday morning

Wind: High confidence

  • Across the state: Strong wind
  • Blizzard conditions: On the Plains with gusts over 40-60 mph
  • Reduced visibility: Blowing snow in the Denver metro area with wind gusts up to 40 mph possible
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