Colorado is in for some wild weather over the next 24 hours, as a strong cold front moves into the state on Wednesday evening is predicted to bring north winds gusting to 50 mph, freezing temperatures dipping into the 30s, and snow up to 12 inches.

Fifty-degree temperature swings and higher are expected with this wild weather. On Wednesday afternoon temperatures will remain around the 70s or higher along the Front Range, but will likely dip into the 30s or lower starting this evening.

By late Wednesday night, mainly after midnight, snow showers will develop in the mountains and spread south to the Interstate 70 corridor. Snowfall is forecast to be 3 to 6 inches for areas north of Grand Lake and 2 to 5 inches for the central mountains. Snow showers will continue Thursday with frigid temperatures extending into the weekend.

Snow forecast National Weather Service Grand Junction via Facebook
Map Credit: National Weather Service Grand Junction via Facebook

Ahead of the storm, it will be windy and warm, which will create dangerous fire conditions across the majority of the state. Red flag warnings are in effect with gusty winds and low relative humidities over the northern, southern, and central mountains, high valleys, and the foothills in the southern Front Range. Conditions will be the worst along south of Interstate 70.

Brace yourself for this powerful winter storm. Make sure your tires are in good shape and meet the requirements for traveling on Colorado roads. Brake slowly and keep a good distance between you and the car in front of you. As always, drive safe, and stay warm!

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