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Snowstorm heading in could bring season's first significant snowfall to SW Colorado this week

Snow expected across most of the state Wed. - Fri.
Posted: 4:46 PM, Nov 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-20 11:10:17-05
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DENVER – Another snowstorm is on its way to Colorado , and the southwestern portions of the state are likely to see their first significant snowfall of the season, with lighter amounts forecast for the central mountains and along the Front Range.

A rain and snow mix will develop across most of the state by Wednesday afternoon, with snow at higher elevations. That mix will switch over to light snow Wednesday night at lower elevations. Snowy and icy roads should be expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

In the mountains, light snow will develop Tuesday night and fall into Wednesday, and the storm is expected to track from southwest Colorado toward the northeast.

The Front Range and foothills will likely see less snow than they received in storms over the past month, with 1 to 5 inches in the area through Friday evening, and less than 1 inch across most of the plains.

But the mountains – especially in southwestern Colorado – are likely to see a much heavier dose. Below, you can find projected snow totals for the storm Tuesday night through Friday evening from the National Weather Service.

As of Tuesday afternoon, forecasts showed that southwestern Colorado will likely see the highest snow totals from this storm – with 1 or 2 feet possible in the eastern San Juan Mountains above 10,000 feet, and 12 to 20 inches – with up to 30 inches possible – in the southwest and northwest San Juans above 8,500 feet.

Winter storm warnings go into effect for the San Juans starting at 11 p.m. Tuesday and will remain in effect until 11 p.m. Thursday in the eastern San Juans and until 5 a.m. Friday in the southwestern and northwestern San Juans.

Winter storm warnings will be in effect from 5 a.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Friday in the Grand and Battlement Mesa, West Elk and Sawatch Mountain areas, where between 10 and 16 inches of snow are expected.

Winter weather advisories will be in place from Wednesday morning until Friday morning for the southern and central mountains, where between 4 and 12 inches of snow could fall through Friday morning.

There is expected to be a dose of snow early Wednesday and another round could develop Thursday evening into Friday morning. Thursday’s temperatures will be chilly and unlikely to get above freezing in most areas.

Stay with the Denver7 Weather Team as the storm continues to develop for the most up-to-date forecasts.