A Pacific storm system will bring wintry weather to Colorado this weekend with the possibility of heavy snow in the mountains with snow and blowing snow on the plains.
A winter storm watch has been posted by the National Weather Service from midnight Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday for northeastern Colorado including the Denver metro area, Akron, Castle Rock, Fort Collins, Fort Lupton, Fort Morgan, Greeley, Limon and Sterling.
Snow in the mountains should start light on Saturday afternoon and become heavy at times on Saturday evening as temperatures drop, according to the weather service. Snow will move east and could also be heavy along the Front Range foothills and the in the Denver area on Sunday.
Northerly winds gusting between 25 to 40 mph in northeast Colorado will create areas of blowing snow, reducing visibility to less than a mile at times. Snow is expected to decrease from the west to the east on Sunday evening, ending on the far northeast Colorado plains at about midnight Sunday.
Between 4 to 8 inches of snow is possible in northeastern Colorado and travel will likely be difficult on Sunday. Winds on the plains should be most gusty east of Interstate 25.
In the mountains, heavy snow will make travel difficult along the Interstate 70 corridor and at the Eisenhower Tunnel. The Colorado Department of Transportation warns drivers to use caution and practice safety.
In Denver, skies will be mostly sunny on Saturday, before the storm arrives, and the high temperature should top out at about 55 degrees, the weather service said. There’s a slight chance of rain and snow showers before 9 p.m., then giving way snow with a possible accumulation of 1 to 2 inches in the city. The low temperature should dip to about 21 degrees.
On Sunday in the city, snow is likely before noon and the daytime accumulation should be between 2 to 4 inches. It will be blustery and the high temperature should top out at about 29 degrees. There’s a 20 percent chance of snow in Denver before midnight Sunday.
The system should move on overnight Sunday, skies are expected to be mostly sunny in Denver on Monday with a daytime high temperature of 42 degrees.