Colorado weather: Overnight snow expected in the mountains, freeze warning posted

Snow is expected tonight in areas of the Colorado mountains above 9,000-feet in elevation and a freeze warning is posted for extreme northwest and southwest parts of the state.

Overnight snow accumulations in the mountains could be up to 8 inches, mainly above 10,000 feet, and travelers are urged to be prepared for winter-like driving conditions, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter weather advisory is posted for parts of the mountains including: Rabbit Ears Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park, Medicine Bow Range, mountains of Summit County, Mosquito Range, and Indian Peaks. The advisory expires at noon Tuesday.

Sub-freezing temperatures, into the upper 20s, are expected in widespread areas of northwestern and southwestern Colorado including: Lower Yampa River Basin, Central Yampa River Basin, Upper Yampa River Basin, Central Colorado River Basin, Four Corners area, Upper Dolores River area, Animas River Basin and San Juan River Basin.

The freeze warning, posted by the weather service, runs from 10 p.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday. Frost and freezing weather is expected to kill crops and sensitive vegetation.

The cold front moving in overnight will also have an impact on northeastern Colorado where strong winds and rainfall is expected. Winds will gust up to 60 mph from the Wyoming border to the Palmer Divide and widespread areas of blowing dust will be a concern and limit visibility.

Tree damage will be possible overnight in northeastern Colorado and could lead to widespread and isolated power outages.

The Eastern Plains and Front Range, including Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Fort Collins, is under a high-wind warning until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profiled vehicles like buses, trucks and trailers.

In Denver there’s a 90% chance of precipitation overnight with winds gusting as high as 40 mph, according to the weather service. The low temperature should be 44 degrees.

On Tuesday in Denver showers are expected, mainly before 10 a.m., and the high temperature is expected to be 68 degrees. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.


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