Coloradans prepare for major winter storm |

Coloradans prepare for major winter storm

The Associated Press

This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 01:00 PM EST shows widespread cloud cover over much of the Northwest as a major winter storm moves into the Pacific Northwest. The system brings areas of coastal rain, very significant snowfall to the lowlands, heavy mountain snow, and strong winds gusting to 55 mph to the Washington, Oregon, and northern California coasts. A variety of Winter Storm Warnings, Winter Weather Advisories, and Wind Warnings remain in effect for these regions through the day. Snow accumulations of up to 2 feet are expected in the mountains, 8-16 inches are expected in the interior southwest valleys of Washington, and 3-8 inches are expected near the coasts from northwestern California through Washington. Heavy snowfall in the mountains combined with warming create possible avalanche conditions in the southern and central Cascades. Meanwhile, strong onshore winds carry ample Pacific moisture inland across the Northwest, supporting heavy snow showers from the Northern Intermountain West and the northern tier of the Central Great Basin into the Northern Rockies. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for these regions in anticipation of today\\\'s snowfall. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

DENVER (AP) – A major winter storm is spreading across Colorado, bringing warnings of heavy snow across the state and possible blizzards on the Eastern Plains.

The National Weather Service says by the time the storm diminishes on Saturday, parts of eastern Colorado could receive up to two feet of snow. Western Colorado is expecting up to a foot of snow.

Forecasters are urging limited travel. Those who do travel over the next few days are urged to take survival kits that include extra food, water, a flashlight and dry clothing.

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