Winter weather west and north of Front Range on Christmas

12:20 PM, Friday, December 23, 2016

There is little change to my update from yesterday. A strong storm moving from Colorado to Nebraska on Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day is not likely to bring major snow to the immediate Front Range area.

Where travel will be tough

Winter travel conditions can be expected by Christmas Eve night in western Colorado and last into Christmas Day. Some of the higher elevations near and west of the continental divide may pick up 6-12 inches.

Blizzard conditions are likely to develop on the northern plains on Christmas Day and into Monday (northeastern Wyoming, eastern Montana and the Dakotas).

For the Front Range

Christmas Eve should be a mild winter day. On Christmas Day as the storm moves through Colorado and into Nebraska, there may be some snow showers or even a brief snow squall along the Front Range to whiten the ground, but most areas will probably see little or no accumulation. You may notice a tendency for cold northwest winds as the day goes on.

In the higher foothills of the Front Range, there should be some light snow blowing over from the other side of the continental divide on Christmas Day, and an increasing tendency for gusty winds.

Although only a small shift in the storm can bring more wintry weather into the Front Range urban corridor, that appears to be a very unlikely scenario at this time.


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