**RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FOR WEDNESDAY FROM 11 A.M. TO 9:00 P.M. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. – THURSDAY AT NOON. FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 A.M.- 9 P.M. WEDNESDAY.**
TODAY: Conditions will be calm and cool to start your Wednesday morning with some clouds. However, weather patterns will become more unsettled through the afternoon. Winds will start to pick up as early as 11 a.m. ahead of a cold front approaching the state of Colorado. Sustained wind speeds will be 5-15 mph, but we could see gusts up to 35 mph. Our high temperatures will still be warm and will be in the upper to mid 70s.
TONIGHT: The cold front will approach our state around 6:00 p.m. tonight and will first drop some snow into the Northern Rockies. Snow will continue to fall in the higher elevations overnight. By 3:00 a.m. Thursday, we could see some snow start falling in the valleys through the early morning hours. There will be no accumulation in the lower elevations but some snow will accumulate in the higher elevations. 1″-2″ of snow is expected for Glenwood Springs and Aspen. Higher amounts of snow are expected through Vail Pass and near the continental divide as well as the Front Range. Temperatures will drop into the 30s overnight.
EXTENDED FORECAST: Our temperatures will drop more than 30 degrees for Thursday with highs in 40s and some snow through the morning hours. That cold front will leave Western Colorado by Thursday afternoon. We will be back on a slow warming trend by Friday with highs in the 50s with mostly sunny skies.