Snow expected to continue in high country through Saturday
Steamboat Springs — At the start of the week, meteorologists at the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction were warning about fire weather.
On Thursday, they were busy tracking a spring snowstorm that snarled traffic on Interstate 70 and they had their eyes on another one that threatened to complicate some spring break travel plans.
Local drivers headed toward the Front Range Friday and possibly Saturday morning are likely to encounter icy and snow-packed roads as a spring snowstorm continues to impact the high country.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Jackson, Larimer, Grand, Boulder, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Summit, Park and Douglas counties that lasts through Saturday morning.
Higher elevations in those counties could see 1 to 2 feet of snow, according to the forecast.
“I think a lot of the time, travel conditions over mountain passes will be poor Friday and Friday night,” said Jim Daniels, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. “Saturday morning could be that way as well.”
Mountain areas above 9,000 feet in Routt County are under a winter weather advisory and could see several inches of snow by Saturday afternoon.
At lower elevations in Steamboat Springs, only modest snow accumulations are expected Friday and Saturday.
After chances of rain and snow showers here all weekend, temperatures are forecast to warm up to the mid 50s early next week.
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