Wind to howl, temperatures to drop, and heavy mountain snow

Much cooler for Sunday and Monday, windier too

DENVER - Wind will increase overnight and Sunday to bring the state much colder temperatures, and to continue the snow chance.

Heavy snow will dump on the mountains this weekend.  One to two feet of snow by the end of the weekend, and more on the way for early in the week will mean a great ski week in time for Thanksgiving.

Through 9pm, the higher mountain passes became slicker and slower.  Meteorologist and photojournalist Cory Reppenhagen reported the snow had become more intense and drivers are slowed as a result.  He'll continue to provide travel information on 7News through the night and Sunday evening.

If you have travel plans through the high country this weekend, be prepared for heavy snow and dangerous roads.  Windy conditions will make travel that much more difficult.  Those highways near and to the north of I-70 will be the more dangerous.

Meanwhile, the wind will be the bigger problem for drivers out of the mountains.  The Denver metro area will feel the stronger wind move through tonight, lasting through the day Sunday.  

This wind is pushing in the next round of colder weather along with a slight chance for a skiff of snow for those east of the mountains.  Denver's temperatures hit the 60s Saturday, but will drop below freezing tonight and will have a hard time making it to the 40s for Sunday.  40, or so, may not sound that chilly, but with the wind it won't feel nearly that warm.  

This will make for a chilly Broncos game. Temperatures will remain in the 30s throughout the first half of the game, then slowly drop into the 20s with very windy conditions and a chance for some flurries.

The metro area will have a lesser snow chance with this system.  Most of that snowfall will stay in the mountains, but overnight and through the day Sunday you may see some light snow along the Front Range.  I call these minor snows, just a skiff.  If snow were to accumulate, it'll likely be for Douglas and Elbert Counties on the Palmer Divide, but even this area looks to have a minor chance of that.

Monday, the cold air will stay settled in. The morning will start near 20, and the afternoon will only climb into the 30s.  Add in strong wind at times and you've got yourself another chilly day.  Yes light snow is possible, however, most of that will again stay in the high country.

For Tuesday through Thanksgiving Day, warming temperatures are expected along with improved travel conditions across Colorado.  This will be the case for the Southwestern US, too.

If you are traveling to the eastern US early next week, it appears that our current storm will rapidly intensify for the Midwest and the Great Lakes by Monday and Tuesday. Strong winds, heavy snow and travel issues will be a concern for the northern Great Plains, the Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes.  Farther to the south, severe thunderstorms will be likely Monday and Tuesday across the southeastern United States.  Cold will stay over the Great Lakes for Thursday, meanwhile rain and snow will be possible from New York to Maine.  Other areas of rain and snow are expected for the Pacific Northwest and northern plains.

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