Colorado weather: Most of the state expected to see several inches of snow

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Snowflakes drift down from trees around Byers Middle and High School in Denver’s Speer neighborhood. Dec. 29, 2022.

After some unseasonable glimpses into springtime weather, low temperatures and snow are returning to Colorado starting Tuesday evening. 

The National Weather Service said two different storms, one far weaker than the other, are set to pass through Colorado. Tuesday morning’s storm is bringing high winds to the Front Range and is expected to move into Kansas by the afternoon. 

The second, stronger storm system arrives Tuesday evening and will last until late Wednesday. In addition to snowfall, the storm will bring below-freezing temperatures and heavy winds.  

In the Front Range along Interstate 25, snow totals are expected to reach up to seven inches in the Denver metro area. Fort Collins is expected to see a slick morning commute on Wednesday but is forecast to see just up to two inches of snow. 

Parts of Southern Colorado could see over a foot of snow, as well as strong gusts of wind.

The weather will make for good skiing, as mountain communities are expected to see between five to ten inches of snow through Wednesday evening. Officials are warning that could increase road hazards and risk of avalanches.

The Western Slope is also expected to receive large amounts of snow. While the mountainous parts of Western Colorado could see over a foot of snow, Grand Junction and other nearby urban communities are forecast to receive just a few inches of snow. 

The combination of snow, low temperatures and strong winds is expected to make Wednesday commutes slow and slippery. Officials are warning drivers to be prepared for risks if they decide to take to the roads during the storm.