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Snow returns, travel impact for those headed east of Denver: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

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DENVER --  A Pinpoint Weather Alert Day is in effect for Saturday as there will be travel issues for those on the Eastern Plains and between the city and Colorado Springs.

A system will move over Southern Colorado Friday and Saturday dropping lots of snow on the San Juan Mountains before dropping rain, freezing rain, and snow on the eastern Plains near Kansas and Nebraska. For Denver, snow showers possible later Friday through mid-Saturday with the heaviest earlier Saturday morning.

Travel routes that will have the highest impact will be I-76 between the city and Nebraska and Highways 34 and 36 across the plains.

DIA will have some impact as well, likely deicing for all planes, and if the system changes speed or path there will be accumulating snow to worry about at the airport.

Denver:

  • Friday will be a generally cloudy day as snow showers develop to keep temperatures in the 30s.
  • Friday night through late Saturday there will be areas of heavy snow and strong wind east and south of Denver (over the Palmer Divide).
  • From mid-Saturday through the evening the system will clear the city but it will be cold with highs in the 20s.
  • Sunday, Broncos vs Raiders, there will be sunshine but a chill with highs in the 30s.

The Plains:

  • Friday will be a generally cloudy day as rain, freezing rain, and snow showers develop; temperatures in the 30s.
  • Friday night through mid-Saturday there will be areas of heavy snow and strong wind with several inches expected, particularly those close to Nebraska.
  • For most of Saturday, there will be areas of snow and it will be cold with highs in the teens to 20s.
  • Sunday, there will be sunshine after the system and some fog clears, but a chilly day with highs in the 20s and 30s.

There is likely to be calmer weather through New Year's Eve with highs in the 30s and 40s. The next chance of snow showers will be New Year's Day, but the chance appears low at this time.

Check Colorado interactive radar and zoom in to where you are. Plus, check the radar anytime with the Pinpoint Weather App for iPhone and Android.

Pinpoint Weather has been independently certified as Colorado's Most Accurate Forecast by WeatheRate.

We're tracking Denver weather today on FOX31 and Channel 2 News - and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.

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