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Snow in the Colorado mountains to kick off 2020

Dry and mild in Denver this afternoon
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Posted at 5:37 AM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 13:44:36-05

DENVER — Another storm is now moving into Colorado and will bring some pretty good snow to the northern and central mountains. The winds have kicked up ahead of this storm in the foothills. We're seeing gusts over 50mph near and west of I-25. This will also lead to some areas of blowing snow in the mountains and wind chills at about 15 degrees below zero.

New Year's Day will be a pretty mild one for the plains. We will see more clouds, but temperatures will top out in the upper 40s to low 50s along the I-25 corridor.

Be careful if you are heading to the high country today. It has already turned icy from Idaho Springs west and we'll see more accumulating snow and blowing show through the afternoon. A moist flow of air from the Pacific Ocean will pour into the mountains and should be quite a prolific snow maker for our ski areas.

Winter Weather Alerts are in effect Wednesday morning through Thursday night for our northern and central mountains. Expect prolonged periods of snow and wind to impact the high country through the end of the week. Snow totals of 1 to 2 feet will be likely in the northern mountains, with 5 to 10 inches closer to I-70.

And what about Denver and the eastern plains? As of now, it looks as though the mountains will see heavy snowfall with this system, but expect just a slight chance for light snow over the plains on Thursday. Temperatures will be cooler, in the low 40s with breezy conditions on Thursday and Friday.

This first weekend of 2020 is looking sunny and warmer, with highs near 60s degrees on Saturday and 50s on Sunday.