Two storms hit Colorado this week, second biggest deal for metro area – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – The first of two storm systems that will affect Colorado this week arrives late Monday night through Tuesday morning. Snow will spread over the mountains, but Denver and the Front Range will remain mostly dry.
Snow from the initial storm will hit the mountains after midnight Monday night and snow is expected to fall along most of the I-70 mountain corridor between Georgetown and Avon on Tuesday morning. Drivers leaving the Denver metro area should be prepared for winter driving conditions on I-70 over Georgetown on Thursday.
The first winter weather advisory of the season was issued for the mountainous areas west of Vail Pass from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday for 4 to 8 inches for the mountains surrounding Vail, Aspen, Crested Butte and Steamboat Springs.
Further south, higher accumulation is possible in the San Juan Mountains with at least 5-10 inches for the mountains around Telluride, Lake City, and Ouray. Wolf Creek Pass could receive at least a foot of snow. All of these areas are also subject to a winter weather advisory on Tuesday.
For the Denver metro area, the weather will change from mostly sunny skies and high temperatures near 70 degrees on Monday to partly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the 60s on Tuesday. In other words, there won’t be much change. As the storm arrives from the west, the downdraft winds will work hard to keep Denver and the Front Range dry. That said, there are still 30-40% left for a few rain showers that survive far enough east to bring a few raindrops to the Denver metro area on Tuesday afternoon.
Although it remains mostly dry in the metro area with this first storm, it will occasionally be windy from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening with wind gusts reaching 30 mph. That same wind in the mountains will result in limited visibility when combined with snow.
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The weather will become calm across the state on Wednesday before the second storm arrives Thursday with another good chance of snow showers in the mountains and a slightly better chance of showers reaching Denver and the Front Range on Thursday after- midday. This second storm is also cooler with high temperatures in the metropolitan area falling into the 1950s for Thursday and Friday and overnight lows plunging into the 1930s. It is possible that it will be sufficiently cold before the end of the day. humidity Thursday night for a quick snow shower in Denver, but no build-up is expected. And if the metro area doesn’t have the first frost of the season Thursday night, it looks likely for Friday night.