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Boulder County expecting significant snow into Wednesday

Boulder County expecting significant snow into Wednesday

Boulder County is under a winter storm warning stretching from 5 pm Tuesday to 5 pm Wednesday, with up to about a foot of snow possible in some areas before it winds down.

According to Caitlyn Mensch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder, residents can expect 5-12 inches of snow. Snowfall will begin between mid-afternoon to early evening Tuesday, with the heaviest impact coming overnight, with accumulating snow in the roads.

“As we go overnight, (the) temperature will be dropping to the mid-20s,” Mensch added.

A significant impact can also be expected on Wednesday morning; however, snow will begin to tap off throughout Wednesday afternoon, according to Mensch.

Boulder County will see a high of 31 degrees Wednesday.

Mensch noted that travel should be avoided, if possible, on Tuesday night.

According to John Lorme, Colorado Department of Transportation director of maintenance and operations, motorists should prepare for a significant amount of snow moving from the southwest part of Colorado toward the eastern plains.

“Motorists should expect to see closures on many of our mountain passes for avalanche mitigation over the next few days and prepare for slick and hazardous conditions in the metro area,” Lorme said.

CDOT is urging Coloradans to take precaution before traveling and make sure their vehicles are “winter ready with the appropriate tires for the weather and have a snow emergency kit.”

CDOT is urging travelers to “know before you go,” and pay attention to weather conditions prior to getting on the roads. Travelers can gather information regarding weather forecasts and travel impacts on the COtrip website.

Maintenance crews are also expected to be activated throughout the state on snow shifts, starting 4 pm Tuesday. CDOT asks travelers to give snow blowers space by staying back three to four car lengths.

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