The next round of winter weather is expected late Tuesday through late Wednesday. Wind, rain and snow are all of the elements expected with this quick system.

Our next weather maker is a cold front and it’s expected to swing through the region late Tuesday. The weather leading into this front on Tuesday afternoon should be partly cloudy with mild temperatures and increasing wind speeds. As a result, there is a High Wind Watch across the Paradox Valley/Four Corners region. This next storm, while it is relatively short lived, will have plenty of available moisture and that means the lower elevations/valleys below 7,000 feet will experience rain, rain/snow and snow from late Tuesday/early Wednesday through midday Wednesday.

There is a Winter Storm Warning for the San Juans (up to a foot of snow) and a Winter Weather Advisory for the Uncompahgre (5-10″ of snow). The Storm Team expects the Grand Mesa will be added to this W.W.A., but the National Weather Servicer has the final say on this matter. Wind speeds will be the main impact Tuesday night and will become less of an issue late Wednesday. Snow will be falling in the San Juans and onto the Uncompahgre first with the central mountains following by early Wednesday morning. Higher elevations could achieve 60-80 mph wind gusts and the lower elevations should have 35-45 mph wind gusts by early Wednesday. Mountain travel will be difficult above 7,500 feet with blowing snow and visibility issues.

There is another chance for the populated valleys (GJ, Montrose, Delta) to get some more snow Wednesday morning with this storm system. After the storm clears the state late Wednesday, colder temperatures will stick around through this weekend. There will be another snow shot Friday/Saturday, but this is a weak storm that may only benefit the northern mountain zones.