The streets of Summit County could see 2 inches of snow by Thursday afternoon, and up to 7 inches could accumulate on the higher peaks in the next 24 hours as a storm moves into northern Colorado from the west.
Forecasters say the heaviest snow will likely fall to the north, but Summit County can expect some powder out of the storm.
"We do have quite a dynamic system," National Weather Service meteorologist Lisa Kriederman said. "But there's a good shot you guys will get snow."
The system expected to move into Colorado this afternoon includes components of the same storm that dumped 2 feet of snow on the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and brought out the snowplows across northern California.
The system is meeting up with colder air moving down from Canada on its way to Colorado.
"It's just going to mix with the moisture that's coming off that system," Kriederman said. "It's kind of a morphed version of that storm that hit California."
There's a solid chance of snow in the forecast through Friday and again on Saturday, with daytime temperatures set to cool into the 20s by the end of the week from the low 50s on Monday.
Overnight lows are set to drop into the teens and as low as 10 degrees by Friday night, the only starry evening on the way before the weekend, according to NWS forecasts.
Breckenridge has gotten just more than 2 inches of snow in October, still short of the 12 inches that usually accumulate this month based on the 30-year average.
With snowmakers hard at work across the county, two local ski areas - Arapahoe Basin and Loveland - are already open and two more - Keystone Resort and Copper Mountain - are preparing to gear up the lifts in a matter of days.