DENVER - Strong winds rocked the foothills west of Denver throughout the afternoon and will continue to roar well into the night! Some of the stronger gusts reached 75 to 80 mph over portions of Larimer, Boulder, Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties.
A surge of strong jet stream winds rocketing over northern Colorado and helped create the very windy conditions at the surface.
The mountains have had 1 to 2 feet of snow since Friday and roads are very slippery. Another 3 to 6 inches of snow is possible overnight in the central and northern mountains and a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 5 AM Wednesday.
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Snow is increasing over northeastern Colorado and will accumulate to 2 to 4 inches along I-76 to the Nebraska border by morning. Snow will develop over the metro area after midnight, but amounts will be an inch or less. Early Wednesday could be a little slick around the metro as the light snow lingers through the morning commute.
The heavier snow to the north and east of Denver will make for tricky travel, so if you are planning to drive I-25 north or I-76 to the northeast early Wednesday, be ready for slick spots.
The snow will end quickly across the northeast plains Wednesday morning and the snows will be tapering off in the mountains by midday. Skies should be clearing, by Wednesday afternoon and temperatures will begin to moderate.
Thanksgiving Day will feature some very nice weather all across Colorado. The winds will be lighter, skies clear to partly cloudy and the temperatures will be much warmer. Highs in Denver may reach the mid 60s on Thursday - perfect for playing a little family football before sitting down for dinner.
Such will not be the case in the eastern third of the country. The strong jet stream that brought Colorado all the wind and snow will help to energize a big storm for the East Coast for Wednesday and Thursday. Travel conditions will deteriorate and delays will be likely.
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