02/20/2013 04:01 pm ET

Colorado Snow Storm 2013: Winter Storm Could Dump 5 To 10 Inches Across The State

Let it snow! Denver metro and much of Colorado are expected to get blanketed with the white stuff beginning Wednesday afternoon and continuing into Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Denver and much of the Front Range as well as a Winter Storm Warning for much of the Eastern Plains with up to 5 to 10 inches of snow expected to drop. The heaviest snow is expected to occur along and south of the I-70 corridor this afternoon, according to NWS.

Although eastern Colorado will likely get the most snow, NWS also says that data continues to indicate the potential for heavy snow as far west as the I-25 urban corridor and southern Front Range foothills tonight.

Fox31 is calling this the largest snow storm of the season and could deliver up to 7 inches of snow to the Denver metro region beginning with light snow this afternoon turning to heavy this evening.

The Foothills and Boulder could see 2 to 5 inches, according to 9News, while the High Country and Eastern Plains could see up to a foot of snow, however the Eastern Plains will see more wind-driven snow, sleet and freezing rain beginning tonight and into Thursday morning.

7News reports that another system is headed to Colorado next Sunday and Monday and could bring a foot or more of snow to the mountains.

More from The AP:

Hundreds of snow plows and salt spreaders took to the highways of the nation's heartland Wednesday, preparing for a winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in some regions and bring dangerous freezing rain and sleet to others.

Winter storm warnings were issued from Colorado through Illinois. By midday Wednesday, heavy snow was already falling in Colorado and western Kansas.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said parts of Colorado, Kansas and northern Missouri could get 10 to 12 inches of snow. Further south, freezing rain and sleet could make driving treacherous.

Officials feared the winter storm would be the worst in the Midwest since the Groundhog Day blizzard in 2011. A two-day storm that began Feb. 1, 2011, was blamed in about two dozen deaths and left hundreds of thousands without power, some for several days. At its peak, the storm created white-out conditions so intense that Interstate 70 was shut down across the entire state of Missouri.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Mindy Crane said hundreds of plows were being deployed for what is expected to be one of the most significant snow storms of the season. Several schools called off classes Wednesday as snow began to accumulate.

The Winter Storm Warning for parts of eastern Colorado is in effect from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 11 p.m. Thursday night.

The Winter Weather Advisory for Denver and much of the Front Range remains in effect from now until 6 a.m. Thursday morning.



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