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Weather service predicting Wednesday storm to bring up to 20 inches of snow to Grand County

Grand County may see up to 20 inches of snow between tonight and Thursday afternoon, according to a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The weather service is forecasting snow to begin later tonight and accumulate throughout Wednesday and into Thursday, with 11 to 20 inches expected. Wind gusts of up to 45 mph are also expected.

Cold wind chills as low as -20 degrees are possible, which the weather service warns could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

The worst conditions are expected to occur Wednesday when the weather service is predicting blizzard conditions to hit the Front Range area, east of the Interstate 25 corridor. The storm warning lasts until noon Thursday.

Mountains and areas of higher elevation are expected to see the most snowfall, particularly Berthoud Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park and Rabbit Ears Pass.

Travel could be very difficult during this time, the weather service warns, as the combination of wind and snow leads to poor visibility and road conditions, as well as the risk of wind damaging trees.

Information on road conditions can be found at COTrip.org or by calling 511.

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