Unsettled, cold weather Sunday afternoon through Tuesday

11:00 AM, Sunday, January 11, 2015

A large, diffuse storm system from the west isn’t expected to bring any heavy snow or arctic cold to the Front Range, but intermittent light precipitation and colder than average weather is expected late today through Tuesday.

Front Range and eastern plains:

A cold front should move through eastern Wyoming and Colorado this afternoon and bring a couple days of cold–but not bitter cold– weather. Today’s temperatures should begin to drop by mid afternoon in the Denver area. High temperatures are likely to be within a few degrees of freezing Monday and Tuesday.

Showery precipitation is likely Sunday afternoon into Monday morning with 1-2 inches of snow in the foothills and a trace to 1 inch on the plains. In the lower elevations the initial precipitation is likely to be rain, so watch for icy areas on the roads Sunday evening.  Monday and Tuesday are likely to have considerable clouds around with brief sunny intervals possible.  Although snow will be more probable west of the area, it is possible that there may be some more light accumulation, especially on Tuesday. A drier and milder period is likely to begin on Wednesday.

Mountains and west:

Widespread snow is likely to continue today with light accumulations in mountain areas of western Colorado and Wyoming. Monday will probably see a lull.  Then Monday night and Tuesday are expected to bring a large area of snowfall in the western mountains and valleys, with heavy snow appearing more likely in mountain areas south of I-70.

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