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Ski report: dangerous travel on Friday leaving fresh powder for the weekend

forecast 1.16.2020
Posted at 5:59 PM, Jan 16, 2020

A powerful winter storm will impact Colorado through Friday evening, bringing heavy snow to the mountains and extreme wind gusts to the mountains and the Plains.

Focusing on the mountain forecast, the snow will taper off through Friday late morning for the southern mountains. Snow should come to an end for the central and northern mountains by Friday evening.

We do not advise travel unless absolutely necessary on Friday, due to falling and blowing snow reducing visibility, dangerous wind chill, and strong wind gusts.

The San Juans will pick up about 6-12 inches from this storm, as much as 18 inches in isolated spots. The Sange De Cristos, the Sawatch range, and the central mountains will see 4-10 inches.

Most ski areas along I-70 can expect at least 3-4 inches, with higher totals likely as per the advisory.

Wind may gust up to 70 mph Friday, which may lead to ski lift closures or even power outages.

The storm system leaves the state by Saturday morning, leaving behind a clear and cold weekend.