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Late-season storm to bring up to 20 inches of snow to mountains; mix of snow and rain to Front Range

Wet, snowy conditions expected into Tuesday night
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Posted at 4:25 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 00:46:12-04

DENVER – A late-season spring storm will bring up to 20 inches of snow to the highest mountain elevations and rain and some possible snow to the lower elevations of Colorado into Tuesday night.

There are winter storm warnings in effect for most of the central and southern mountains into Tuesday evening, where between 8 and 20 inches are expected at elevations above 9,000 feet, according to the National Weather Service. The San Juans and areas including Aspen and Vail could also see winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour.

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The northern Front Range foothills are expected to receive between 6 and 10 inches of snow above 7,000 feet, and the Castle Rock area could see between 5 and 10 inches.

A crash involving more than a dozen vehicles shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel for several hours Monday afternoon but it was open by 4 p.m.

There is a winter weather advisories in place for the Palmer Divide area, which could see between 3 and 10 inches depending on the elevation.

Light rain will continue through Tuesday and become more widespread as the day continues. Snow levels are expected to drop gradually into the night to around 5,000 feet after midnight.

The storm is just behind one that is spawning tornadoes and other severe weather across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and other Midwestern states on Monday.

The morning commute will likely be wet or slushy on Tuesday, and the mountains and foothills are expected to receive more snow Tuesday.

There will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms across the Front Range on Wednesday and Thursday as temperatures gradually begin to warm back up.

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