DENVER (CBS4) – A piece of the “bomb cyclone” that recently hit the west coast will pass through Colorado on Tuesday bringing the necessary humidity and also very high winds.
Moisture will initially be confined to the West Slope early Tuesday before spreading eastward across the mountains in the early afternoon. A winter weather advisory was issued for the mountains of northwestern and southwestern Colorado until midnight Tuesday night. The advisory includes the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs, Rabbit Ears Pass, Telluride, Lake City, and Wolf Creek Pass for at least 4-8 inches of snow. Some areas will have at least one foot, especially in the San Juan Mountains.
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While there are no warnings along the I-70 mountain corridor between Georgetown and Avon, this stretch will still be subject to snow and wind. Slow trips will likely start Tuesday afternoon and a road closure is possible due to accidents.
For Denver and the Front Range Tuesday morning will be dry followed by the probability of rain increasing to 50-60% by the end of Tuesday afternoon. Most rains will be light, but a few heavier showers are possible, particularly in Arapahoe and Douglas counties.
Some thunderous rumbles are also possible as temperatures will be on the warm side again for the end of October. It will be cooler than Monday along the Front Range, but most areas will still reach near 70 degrees by early afternoon before getting much cooler by 5pm. Wind gusts will also sometimes reach up to 40 mph.
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Further east it will be warmer with highs in the lower 80s near the Kansas border. It will also be extremely windy at times over the eastern plains with wind gusts of up to 60 mph.
Due to the combination of warm temperatures, gusty winds, dry soil and very low humidity in the plains, a red flag warning was issued for a high fire danger until early Tuesday evening.
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Drier weather will return to Colorado on Wednesday, but it will remain cool and windy. There should be less wind on Thursday but it will remain gusty in the mountains. The next storm is still on its way for Sunday with a small chance of splashing or light rain at the end of the Broncos game and the start of Trick-or-Treating.