Storm could bring a foot or more of snow to Denver metro area

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The National Weather Service issued the following information this morning about the approaching storm:

A winter storm will strengthen as it moves over the mountains and across northeastern Colorado and neighboring states tonight into Tuesday. A large area of heavy snow is likely from the northern Colorado and southern Wyoming mountains eastward into western Nebraska and northwest Kansas. The heavy snow will begin in the northern mountains of Colorado this afternoon and spread southeast to the Fort Collins and Denver area during the evening, and then across the rest of northeast Colorado overnight. The snow will end from west to east during the day Tuesday. The heaviest snow is expected tonight in areas north and northwest of Denver, and Tuesday morning from Denver eastward across the plains and in the foothills west and southwest of Denver.

This storm will cause significant travel difficulties due to the amount of snowfall. A widespread area with a foot or more of snow is expected from the Denver metro area and highway 36 on the plains northward into Wyoming and the Nebraska panhandle.

Conditions will deteriorate Monday evening from Denver northward and overnight on the eastern plains. The worst conditions will be Tuesday morning, when very heavy snow is likely around Denver and winds will be increasing on the plains. Winds will increase on Tuesday, with gusts to 30 mph near the mountains and 40 mph on the

plains. There will be some drifting of snow in rural areas, and near blizzard conditions are possible east of Fort Morgan and Deer Trail during the day Tuesday. Conditions will improve from west to east Tuesday afternoon as the snow moves eastward and winds decrease late in the day.

People planning travel in northeastern Colorado tonight or Tuesday should consider traveling today or waiting until the storm passes. Travel may become impossible across the I-25 urban corridor and across the plains from I-70 northward by Tuesday morning, including unplowed city streets with a foot of new snow on them. You should have what you need for a day at home on Tuesday.

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