Winter storm to continue through Sunday; up to 2 feet of snow possible in Grand |

Winter storm to continue through Sunday; up to 2 feet of snow possible in Grand

Grand County is seeing a winter storm earlier than expected and it could continue snowing for the next three days.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the mountains early Thursday morning that will last until 5 a.m. Sunday.

Parts of the county are also under a winter storm warning until early Friday morning.

Snowfall, which has already begun in Grand County, is expected to continue through Sunday afternoon. Rates will vary from less than an inch up to 2 inches per hour at times.

The weather service also predicts periods of gusty winds that will create blowing and drifting snow with poor visibility.

Accumulation by Friday afternoon could reach 12 to 18 inches in some areas. The weather service predicts additional accumulations of another foot or more over the weekend.

There will be a slight decrease in snowfall Friday afternoon and evening, but a second wave of moisture is expected Saturday running into Sunday.

Travel through the mountains will be difficult this weekend. Drivers should prepare for difficult roads and check for the latest conditions.

OpenSnow meteorologist Joel Grantz said in his Thursday Winter Park Resort snow update that the storm started earlier than expected, with a few snowflakes starting to fall Wednesday night.

He predicted 6-12 inches on the mountain by today. Friday night through Saturday midday Grantz predicts at least 5-10 inches of additional accumulation at Winter Park to make for another good powder day.

Grantz said to look for lighter snow showers and colder temperatures Sunday and Monday.

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