Winter storm to create hard to unsafe travel Sund — ALERT

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A major winter storm is gearing up to slam into the central Rockies with Colorado and Wyoming in the bullseye. This means there is the potential for hazardous to risky travel along with threat to life if precautions are not taken.

The snow is expected to continue into Monday, which is when most of the snow is expected to accumulate.

In Western Colorado there are Winter Weather Advisories as well. This precipitation will likely change from rain to wintry mix and snow, with some areas changing over quicker than others. The heaviest snow will occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Afternoon temperatures will reach the upper 30s and lower 40s. Snowfall totals of 5 to 8 inches are possible before the time exists the region Monday evening. Areas just to the north of the Twin Cities will get slightly less snow, with just an inch or so in St. Cloud, Hinckley and Duluth. They advise you to continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

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Winds: Expecting sustained winds of 15-25mph especially Monday into Tuesday as the low pressure system departs. Also late Sunday, winds will pick up, with northeast gusts as high as 25 miles per hour. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility with local whiteout conditions at times. Contrary to popular belief, heavy snow is not a requirement.

Snow will ramp up Saturday night in the mountains and move into Denver, the Front Range and eastern plains overnight. The Colorado Department of Transportation said Saturday motorists should plan on hard travel conditions in the mountains Saturday through Sunday night.

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