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Blizzard warning issued for Denver, surrounding areas; up to 12 inches possible

Denver and areas to the east are expected to see the brunt of a fast-moving, potent storm. Drive safe in Denver

By Jesse Paul and Tom McGhee The Denver Post

A blizzard warning has been issued for Denver and areas to the east over much of Wednesday as forecasters warn the metro area to brace for a potent, fast-moving storm. 

Up to a foot of snow could fall in some areas around the city, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder, with 4 to 8 inches expected inside Denver's limits. 

The heaviest snow accumulations are expected to the east.

"We have a strong spring storm that's going to race across the Rockies tonight," said Bernie Meier, a weather service meteorologist. "When it moves out on the plains it's going to get the cold air behind it with the north winds."

The blizzard warning goes into effect at 4 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m.

 

"Poor travel conditions are expected on the plains due to the blowing and drifting snow," the weather service said in a forecast bulletin. 

Gusts up to 40 mph are possible in downtown Denver, Meier said. 

The warning covers Aurora, Brighton, Denver International Airport, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock.