the nature hidden behind fog

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It's still technically summer in Colorado, but it's beginning to look a lot more like winter as snow continues to fall across the state on Tuesday. 

An early season storm could dump a foot of snow or more in parts of Colorado by Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

“Drastic temperature changes and accumulating snow are expected across the high country and adjacent plains," forecasters at the NWS warned on Tuesday.  "With the possibility of heavy wet snow causing damage to deciduous trees, power failures, and potential for travel impacts."

Several winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories will remain in effect until midnight on Wednesday. These are subject to extend.

Snow totals ranging from eight to 20 inches are forecasted for the Sangre De Cristo and Wet Mountains, the Wet mountain valley, and central Fremont county.

Heavy snow accumulations of eight to 12 inches are expected for the San Juan Mountains, with impacts in the surrounding mountain towns including Telluride, Ouray, Lake City, Silverton, Rico, and Hesperus.

Between five to 10 inches of flakes could fall over the Palmer Divide and Park County. Counties including El Paso, Chaffee, Lake, Teller, and Fremont, may also receive a light coating of one to four inches.

Freeze watches and warnings are also in effect as record cold temperatures are expected overnight including temperatures plunging as low as 29 degrees in Eastern Fremont, Pueblo, Crowley and Otero counties. 

Windy conditions are also expected to accompany the fresh dose of powder, with gusts up to 45 mph.

Editor's Note: All weather statements and snow accumulations are subject to change.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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