Weather service forecasts feet, not inches, of snow for Grand County, mountain areas
The National Weather Service in Boulder is forecasting a major winter storm that will blanket areas of Colorado with multiple feet of snow by Sunday.
A winter weather advisory has been issued, until 5 a.m. Sunday, with the weather service calling, locally, for six to 12 inches of snow across Grand County, from Rabbit Ears Pass and Kremmling to likely higher amounts in Winter Park and along Berthoud Pass.
Moisture embedded in zonal flow aloft will move across Colorado through Saturday night. Periods of heavy snow will occur at times, according to the weather service.
In the mountains, 15 to 30 inches of accumulation will be possible with isolated amounts up to 40 inches by late Saturday night. Winds gusting up to 45 mph at times will produce areas of blowing snow and poor visibilities. A moist Pacific jet stream combined with an arctic cold front will bring snow to the Front Range and eastern plains beginning Friday evening and continuing through Saturday night.
A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
The latest road conditions for Colorado can be obtained by calling 511 or visiting http://www.cotrip.org.
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