Denver weather: Snowstorm nears with winter weather advisories, warnings

A heavy snowstorm is headed to Colorado Tuesday night, and some parts of the southern and far eastern Denver metro area could see between 5 and 10 inches of snow with a wind chills of zero degrees.

Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield and eastern Jefferson and Boulder counties are in a winter weather advisory starting at midnight and continuing through Wednesday. Snow totals in the area could be anywhere from 3 to 7 inches, and winds will gust as high as 35 mph.

The snow will make roads slick and dangerous during both Wednesday morning and evening commutes.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Boulder said they aren’t ruling out issuing a warning for Denver, Adams and Arapahoe counties as the storm’s forecast track continues to creep further north.

Western Jefferson County and most of Douglas County will see more snow than Denver and are in a winter storm warning from 5 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday. The main areas of focus in the warning are the southern foothills and Castle Rock which could get between 5 and 10 inches of snow. Winds there could gust as high as 45 mph, and commutes Wednesday could also be dangerous.

Before the storm blows in Tuesday, the day will be moderate and mostly sunny with a high of 49 degrees. Tuesday night will see temperatures plummet to a low of 14 degrees as the storm hits, and Wednesday will only warm up two degrees during the day.

Even though the high is 16 degrees Wednesday, wind chill values could be as low as zero degrees. Wednesday night, temperatures will drop further to eight degrees, and wind chills could drop below zero.

Temperatures will rebound Thursday to 36 degrees, then Friday and the weekend will be back to the 50s.

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