Winter storm to hit parts of Colorado on Thanksgiving through Saturday

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(KKTV) - If your Thanksgiving travel plan includes a trip through the mountains in Colorado, be prepared for snow in the high country.

11 News Chief Meteorologist has a breakdown of the forecast in a video at the bottom of this article.

The Colorado Department of Transportation shared a warning with motorists on Wednesday, asking people to hold off on travel in parts of the state until after Saturday, if possible.

I-70 Mountain Corridor:
A winter storm watch has been issued by the NWS for much of the I-70 corridor and the Central Mountains from Thanksgiving day through Saturday, Nov. 30. This includes the Grand and Battlement Mesas, the Gore and Elk Mountains, the Central Mountain Valleys, and West Elk and Sawatch Mountains as well as the communities of Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, and Marble.

Motorists are reminded that travel will be difficult with moderate to locally- heavy snowfall accumulations at higher elevations along I-70, High winds and blowing snow will reduce visibility significantly. Travelers along the interstate are also reminded to be prepared for the possibility of safety closures. Safety closures are conducted when road conditions become unsafe. The closures allow time for patrols to work efficiently and return the highway to a safe condition for travelers.

Southwest Mountains in Colorado
A winter storm warning remains in effect for the Northwest San Juan Mountains, the Southwest San Juan Mountains from Wednesday evening through Saturday evening. This includes the towns of Telluride, Ouray, Lake City, Silverton, Rico, and Hesperus.

Heavy snow is expected to bring locally higher accumulations in the southern mountains. Winds are expected to gust as high as 45 to 55 mph which will cause difficult to impossible travel conditions. Expect snow-packed roads, blowing snow and limited visibility.

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