Sunday: snow mountains, windy plains

3:15 PM MST, Saturday, December 20, 2014

But first, the Christmas outlook: Fresh snow on Christmas morning is looking unlikely for the Front Range. Christmas Eve should have nice travel weather throughout the central Rockies region, but there may be some flight delays due to storminess on the East Coast and near Chicago. There is good a chance for some snow late on Christmas day in the mountains, but those chances appear to be small along the Front Range.

Before then we have the Sunday-Monday storm. Many mountain areas should see 1-2 feet with blowing snow in exposed locations. Prepare for travel disruptions, especially along and to the north of I-70.

The Front Range and plains should be mild and dry on Sunday, with the exception of areas near the continental divide where some snow may fall on strong west winds. Strong west to northwest wind is likely to become the most prominent weather feature by late Sunday in eastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming. Gusts to 50 mph are likely  (especially near the Cheyenne Ridge) and there is a chance for 70 mph gusts in and near the foothills. Winds will be colder and more northerly Sunday night and Monday and at that time there may be some areas of light snow accumulation in eastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming.

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