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2017’s first big winter storm hits Greeley, Weld County

Staff reports

Unless weather forecasters are dead wrong — and that's never happened, right? — you'll be waking up to at least 6 inches of snow on the ground Thursday morning.

What's being described as the first big snowstorm of the 2016-17 winter season hit Weld County on Wednesday afternoon. A winter storm warning was in effect for most of northern Colorado, from 2 p.m. Wednesday until 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow accumulations of 6-12 inches are forecast, with up to 14 inches near the foothills. Travel is expected to be hazardous, especially along the Interstate 25 corridor, with icy roads and poor visibility, according to the weather service. The snow is expected to stop by late morning Thursday.

Temperatures also will be bitterly cold for the next 48 hours, with a low of minus 2 this morning, and minus 16 on Friday morning, with wind chill factors as low as minus 25.

The high temperature Thursday is only expected to reach 9 degrees above zero.

For Weld residents, there is a silver lining: It will be even worse in the mountains. Snowfall could reach up to 2 feet in the northern Colorado mountains. Travel along the Interstate 70 corridor is expected to be extremely hazardous.

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Clear skies should prevail on Friday, but it will still be cold, with highs only in the 20s in the Weld County area.

Unless weather forecasters are wrong.

Road conditions

To check on road conditions and look at up-to-date road cameras during the storm, go online to the Colorado Department of Transportation’s road condition website, http://cotrip.org/.

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