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Forecasters: ‘Prepare for winter’s return’

Nate A. Miller
nmiller@greeleytribune.com

Seth Hill shovels snow in this 2013 file photo. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch Saturday for the Interstate 25 corridor and northern Weld County.

The sunny days this weekend are your last chance to prepare for the arrival of winter weather.

That was the message Saturday from National Weather Service forecasters who issued a winter storm watch for the Interstate 25 corridor, including northern Weld County.

"The mild weather today and most of Sunday would make an excellent time to prepare for winter`s return. Check car tires and ensure your emergency kits, flashlights, blankets, ice scrapers, etc., are in place and all ready to go. Drain outdoor sprinkler systems to protect them from the well below freezing temperatures," forecasters said in the watch, which will go into effect at midnight Monday.

Forecasters said the weekend would see sunny skies and moderate temperatures along the Front Range.

However, temperatures will drop rapidly Sunday night as a cold front moves in. Sunday night, snow will develop over the mountains with rain on the plains. Temperatures will drop enough for rain to turn to snow along much of the I-25 corridor Sunday night into Monday morning.

The watch, which will expire at 6 p.m. Monday, includes the communities of Nunn, Hereford, Loveland, Fort Collins, Boulder, Longmont, Brighton, Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Denver, Denver International Airport and a number of Front Range communities in southern Colorado.

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In the watch area, 4-6 inches of snow are possible, according to the Weather Service.

The watch area does not include Greeley. However, snowfall is expected with a possible accumulation of as much as 4 inches.

Sunday’s weather

With snow on the way, there will be few hints of it during the day Sunday in Greeley. The high is expected to reach 68 degrees under mostly sunny skies. However, temperatures are expected to fall overnight. The low will hit 34 degrees. Monday’s high won’t be much warmer. It’s expected to reach 36.

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