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Mar 6, 2014 11:42 PM by Meteorologist Stephanie Ortmann

Wintry weather moves in Friday

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 2pm Friday until 9am Saturday for the Wet Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This includes the Spanish Peaks, Rye, and Cuchara. Snow will fall over the warned areas Friday through Saturday morning with the heaviest snow falling Friday evening into early Saturday morning. Snow totals of 8 to 12 inches are possible with amounts in the 12 to 18 inch range for higher east facing slopes.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 11am Friday until 5am Saturday for Teller County and the Rampart Range of Western El Paso County. Moderate to heavy snow is possible over these areas Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are possible.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 2pm Friday until 9am Saturday for Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. This includes Walsenburg, Trinidad, Kim, and Westcliffe. Snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are possible over the lower elevations of Huerfano and Las Animas Counties.

A storm system will move into the state overnight and impact Southern Colorado through the day Friday into Saturday morning. It'll be a mostly cloudy, cool, and breezy day Friday. Precipitation in the form of rain and snow will move into northern areas first in the morning with the precipitation pushing south and east through the afternoon. Higher elevations will see all snow while the lower elevations will see a better chance of a mix depending on temperatures. Expect all snow Friday night into Saturday morning with the snow ending from north to south.

Possible Snow Totals (Friday through Saturday morning)

Teller County (and Rampart Range): 4-9"
The Wets and Sangres: 6-14" (isolated higher amounts possible)
Palmer Divide: 2-5"
Fremont and Pueblo Counties (including Canon City and Pueblo): 2-4"
Southeastern Plains (including Lamar, La Junta, and Springfield): 1-3"
El Paso County (including Colorado Springs): 1-3"

After Friday nights snow, expect dry conditions for the remainder of the weekend. Temperatures will warm up as well. Expect a cool but cloudy Saturday then a mild and mostly sunny Sunday. It'll remain mild and dry for Monday. Another system looks to impact the region again Tuesday into Wednesday.

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