Strong winds are rattling the Front Range on Friday, as a new storm system moves across the state. A gust of more than 80 miles per hour was recorded west of Trinidad. Other strong readings came from the top of Cheyenne Mountain with 75 mph. And the Air Force Academy recorded a wind gust of 70 mph.
The mountains across Colorado were getting significant snowfall on Friday. A winter storm warning is in effect for the eastern San Juan Mountains as well as those west of the Continental Divide. The eastern San Juans could get between one and three feet of snow by Saturday evening.
KKTV Meteorologist Mike Madson says, most of the snow will stay in the mountains. However, by Sunday, Southern Colorado will experience a real cool down.
Tune in to KKTV 11 News for Mike's complete forecast.
Gusting winds and a heavy layer of new snow has prompted the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to issue a warning for the central mountains and southwestern Colorado.
Forecaster Dale Atkins says areas included in the avalanche warning have already received between 8 and 18 inches of fresh snow.
The avalanche warning extends for areas south of a line stretching from Leadville to Aspen to Grand Junction. The high risk means human triggered and natural avalanches are likely.
Backcountry enthusiasts are being urged to avoid any slope steeper than 30 degrees. Atkins says the risk of avalanche in Summit County and other parts of the northern mountains is lower, but still considerable.