A spring snow storm is expected to move into Colorado Monday and last most of the week, bringing snow and rain showers to much of the state.
OpenSnow meteorologist Joel Gratz expects Sunday and Monday to be dry throughout Colorado, then an "upcoming long-duration storm" is likely to bring winter-like weather late Monday and throughout the week across the state.
Tuesday into Wednesday is likely to see the first round of snow, bringing potential powder conditions to ski resorts in the northeastern mountains. Gratz forecasts a 5 to 10 inches of snow by early Wednesday.
The best chances for the most snow are likely at the higher elevations near the northern Continental Divide around Cameron Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park, Eldora, Berthoud Pass, Winter Park, Loveland, and Arapahoe Basin, according to Gratz.
Western areas of the Continental Divie, such as Breckenridge, could be on the edge of the deeper snow.
A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for northern Colorado, especially in mountainous areas, by the National Weather Service. Monday is expected to remain dry while precipitation is forecast to begin late Tuesday, meteorologists said.
Several inches of snow will be possible in the mountains and foothills with this wave of moisture, with slushy and snow covered roads expected Tuesday night, the weather outlook said.
Light snow is expected across the Interstate 25 corridor and adjacent places.
Areas north of Denver would have the best chance to see a couple inches of snow Tuesday night, the weather outlook said. Additional showers, and even isolated thunderstorms, can be expected for Wednesday through the end of next week.
Mountain areas may see several more inches of accumulation, while the plains will be trending slightly warmer with a lower potential for any additional snow accumulation.
In western Colorado and eastern Utah, the weather service forecasts unsettled conditions during the coming week as a low pressure system forms to the northwest. Periodic mountain snow is expected Tuesday through Saturday, mainly above 9,000 feet in areas near Grand Junction.
Before the incoming storm hits the region, critical fire danger conditions are expected late Sunday through Monday. Breezy west winds are expected to develop, along with low relative humidity. Dry fine fuels poses a heightened fire danger, the weather service said.
Critical fire weather conditions are a expected Sunday across the San Luis Valley and the Highway 50 corridor west of Pueblo. The strong cold front is expected to bring northerly winds gusts up to 35 to 40 mph late Sunday to southern Colorado.