Win­ter storm ap­proaches

Na­tional Weather Ser­vice pre­dicts Den­ver will get 6-12 inches of snow

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Katy Canada

The big show doesn’t start un­til late on Sun­day.

A win­ter storm watch will take ef­fect in the Den­ver area start­ing Mon­day and last­ing un­til noon Tues­day. By the time it is done, city res­i­dents can ex­pect any­where from6 to 12 inches of snow, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

South Den­ver and north­ern Colorado Springs could ex­pe­ri­ence ac­cu­mu­la­tions of 12 to 18 inches of snow.

“The brunt of the snow looks like it’ll be far­ther south,” me­te­o­rol­o­gist Kari Bowen said.

Fore­cast­ers ex­pected around 2 inches of snow late Satur­day as tem­per­a­tures drop into the 20s. The snow is ex­pected to ta­per off Sun­day as the tem­per­a­ture rises to the 30s.

“We might see a bit of a break Sun­day be­fore the next sys­tem moves in,” said Bowen.

A se­cond, ma­jor storm sys­tem will start mov­ing in Sun­day evening and con­tinue all day Mon­day, when tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to plunge back into the 20s.

In Den­ver, snow­fall will be­come heav­ier Mon­day evening and last through Tues­day morn­ing.

Heavy snow­fall also is ex­pected in the moun­tains, Bowen said, with 6 to 14 inches ac­cu­mu­lat­ing by the end of the day Satur­day.

“That’s some­thing for moun­tain trav­el­ers to keep in mind this week­end,” Bowen said. “We just want peo­ple to be pre­pared for snowy roads.”

The Colorado Avalanche In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter an­tic­i­pates that the avalanche dan­ger will rise through the week­end.

The Front Range, Vail and Sum­mit coun­ties, Sawatch Range, Aspen, Gun­ni­son, Grand Mesa, North­ern San Juan and South­ern San Juan are un­der a spe­cial avalanche ad­vi­sory that lasts un­til 11 p.m. Sun­day.

Air­lines have an­tic­i­pated that the storms will dis­rupt flight sched­ules.

Fron­tier will al­low cus­tomers who pur­chased tick­ets for flights tak­ing off be­tween Satur­day and Tues­day to change their itin­er­ar­ies, as long as they bought their seats by Fri­day.

United Air­lines has is­sued a sim­i­lar travel waiver. Spokesman Rah­saan John­son said the air­line will al­low cus­tomers tick­eted to fly out of Den­ver be­tween Sun­day and Tues­day to change their flights with­out pay­ing a fee. The air­line planned to fly its full sched­ule out of Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Satur­day and will con­tinue to watch fore­casts.

South­west Air­lines is hold­ing off on can­cel­ing flights as well, ac­cord­ing to air­line spokes­woman Thais Han­son. But the air­line will stick to its nor­mal can­cel­la­tion pol­icy, which al­lows cus­tomers to change their flights with­out pay­ing any ad­di­tional fees.

Jan­uary has been a rel­a­tively dry month for Den­ver. The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice has recorded a to­tal of 3.3 inches of snow for the month, but those to­tals will grow as snow falls through the week­end.

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