Central mountains may get 2 to 3 feet from second storm system | SummitDaily.com

Central mountains may get 2 to 3 feet from second storm system

DENVER – A Colorado snowstorm began tapering off along the Front Range and in the Denver area Sunday afternoon, but a new system is expected to hit the state Monday.

Temperatures stayed in the teens and several inches of snow fell over the weekend in the foothills west of the Denver area. A foot or more of snow was expected in the central and western mountains from the storm that started overnight Saturday.

Forecasters said the weather would remain frigid and more snow would move in with a second storm system headed for western Colorado early Monday. The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of the western mountains through Tuesday, saying gusts of up to 50 mph could be in store.

Some of the central mountains could get an additional 2 to 3 feet of snow from the second system, the weather service said. The Denver area could get up to 3 inches.

A winter storm watch was in effect for most of the mountains west of Vail Pass.

In the Denver area, a number of accidents were reported due to icy roads.

“Our guys throughout the area are definitely busy,” Colorado State Patrol Trooper Ryan Sullivan told The Denver Post. “There are quite a few property damage crashes, cars going into the guard rail, spin-offs, side-offs most going too fast for conditions and losing control.”

High temperatures ranged from teens to low 20s along the Front Range to the single digits in the mountains.

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