Bison Herd, Rocky Mountains Photo Credit: Lindsey Martin Webb (iStock).

Photo Credit: Lindsey Martin Webb (iStock).

Part of Colorado that's behind on snowpack this season (and experiencing drought) is about to get hit with significant snow, with 'winter storm warnings' already posted by the National Weather Service.

According to the NWS, a large portion of southeast Colorado should expect up to 12 inches of snow (with even more in isolated localities). The 'winter storm warning' posted in the area also cautions about strong winds up to 35 miles per hour, with this weather currently projected to land between Friday afternoon and Saturday evening. Blowing snow will likely result in reduced visibility and dangerous travel conditions during this time.

See a breakdown of the snow forecast below:

Map: National Weather Service.

Map: National Weather Service.

The Arkansas River Basin, which encompasses southeast Colorado, is currently the only part of the state lagging behind the to-date snowpack norm. It's at 85 percent of the 30-year median, with the entire state at 133 percent, as of January 20. This region is also where the highest level of drought is present, along with the rest of the Eastern Plains.

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Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run. He's on a mission to summit all 58 of Colorado's fourteeners and has already climbed more than half.

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82nd Airborne

Great, would love to see all of the state out of any level of drought.

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