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Colorado weather: Calm before strong winter storm brings heavy snow

Monday will be the calm before the storm as an intense snowstorm is set to blow through northeast Colorado Tuesday night into Wednesday.

A mild, dry day is in store Monday with sunny weather and a high of 49 degrees, then Monday night’s temperature will drop to 22 degrees, and clouds will start forming ahead of the storm Tuesday.

Tuesday will see temperatures rise to 39 degrees before the main storm head in. There is a 30% chance of snow during the day, then the evening will have an almost certain chance of getting heavy snow. The snow will continue overnight into Wednesday morning, then taper off through Wednesday evening.

The Interstate 25 Urban Corridor and the northeast plains are most likely to get the brunt of the snow, with snow accumulations between five and 10 inches possible. Higher totals are possible in the farther northeast portions of the plains.

A forecast from the National Weather Service shows about a 41% chance of Denver getting over six inches of snow, while Denver International Airport has about a 61% chance of over six inches.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for most of the urban corridor through the northeast corner of the state from 5 p.m. Tuesday to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Travel may become difficult Wednesday during the morning and evening commutes due to the possible heavy snowfall accumulations.

Wednesday’s high temperature is 31 degrees, and the low is a frigid 13 degrees. The rest of the week will see temperatures in the 30s as well and some on-and-off snow chances through Sunday.

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