Dec 8, 2009 11:18 AM by Jamie Smith, Bea Karnes

A major winter storm hits Colorado

There is a major winter storm blanketing the southern Colorado area. Today's big issue, along with the snow, is the wind. Gusty north winds 20 to 40 mph will spread across the plains on Tuesday causing reduced visibilities in blowing snow which will make driving conditions slick and hazardous.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 5 p.m.for majority of the News First 5 viewing area. For the Mountain areas there are Winter Storm and Blizzard warnings in effect until 5 p.m.

A strong winter storm will bring heavy snow to the mountains along the Continental Divide through Tuesday evening. Three to five feet of snow can be expected in the Southwest Mountains while one to three feet will be likely in the Central Mountains. Snow amounts across the southeast mountains will range from 6 to 18 inches with the heaviest falling across the Sangre de Cristo range.

Snow amounts over the I-25 corridor and eastern plains will range from 2 to 4 inches with heavier amounts across northern portions of the area. Pueblo is expected to have an additional 2 inches of snow accumulation on Tuesday. In Colorado Springs there is possibily 3 more inches, and Academy 4 more inches of additional snow.

Tuesday night, the windchill will plummet to below zero temperatures as the storm moves out and skies begin to clear.

To look at more weather information including our interactive doppler radar you can visit our News First 5 weather page.

Highway 160 over LaVeta Pass is closed due to white-out conditions.For current traffic conditions visit our News First 5 traffic page, and for more information on road conditions across Colorado click here.



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