Winter weather is about to hit Colorado, bringing the potential of big snow and below-zero temperatures to the state.
UPDATE: Up to 24 inches of snow now predicted as forecast intensifies. Read more here.
According to the National Weather Service, Sunday will bring a widespread temperature swing with the biggest chance of snow between Sunday and Monday. During this period, high temperatures in the Denver area are expected to be just 21 degrees with lows in the single digits. The mountains will be even colder, with the temperatures in several places expected to dip below zero, including the Fraser area, which currently has an expected low of -1 on Monday.
According to the Weather Channel, many places around the state are expected to get snow either Sunday, Monday, or both days, including (but not limited to) Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Grand Lake, Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Steamboat Springs, Estes Park, Grand Junction, Telluride, and Aspen.
Joel Gratz of OpenSnow has predicted that 12 to 20 inches of snow could fall in some places. Based on the European model that he uses for forecasting, it looks like Wolf Creek and the Durango area could be hit the hardest, though big totals will likely fall throughout the mountains. Gratz' 5-day forecast also predicts up to 19 inches of snow to fall in Rocky Mountain National Park. Read more here.
See a snow map released by the National Weather Service below:
Many hope the cold weather and precipitation will help in the fight against multiple massive wildfires tearing through Colorado. As of Thursday morning, East Troublesome Fire has reached more than 125,000 acres and Cameron Peak Fire has burnt 206,977 acres.