By Chris Sorensen
Ice and snow are coming to southeast Colorado this weekend, and travel conditions are expected to become treacherous across the area.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of the area beginning at 11:00 p.m. Saturday and continuing until 11:00 a.m. Monday.
There is a slight chance snow and freezing rain before noon Saturday, which then turns to rain throughout the afternoon as the temperature rises to the mid-30s. Look for ice on road surfaces, particularly on bridges and overpasses as the day progresses.
Saturday night, freezing rain becomes likely, particularly after 3:00 a.m., with the potential for one-tenth inch of ice to accumulate on surfaces.
Freezing rain will continues Sunday into the night, with an additional one- to two-tenths of ice sticking to roads and most surfaces. A wintery mix of freezing rain, ice and snow will impact the area overnight Sunday, with one to three inches of snow accumulating on top of the layer of ice.
An additional one to three inches of snow are expected Monday along with north winds gusting to 35 miles-per-hour. The storm will largely taper off by Monday evening.
Total snow amounts are expected to be higher further south and west in the region, with areas of Las Animas County expecting six to 12 inches, and portions of the southern mountains, particularly along the mountain peaks, expecting 18 to 24 inches of snow.
In Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, and northern Texas, ice accumulations are expected to be far greater. Liberal, Garden City and Tribune, Kansas, are under an ice storm warning that covers much of the state. Some areas may be coated in up to an inch of ice.
For Colorado travel conditions, including the location of snow plows across much of the state, check http://cotrip.org.
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