"A large swath of snow totals from 6 to 12 inches are expected from the Northern Plains into Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Upper Michigan, and locally higher snow amounts above 18 inches are possible", the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center reported early Saturday.
The high winds were also affecting the ski areas on Saturday.
"Travel conditions will become unsafe, if not impossible", according to a city news release, with a blizzard warning throughout the weekend and wind gusts expected to be over 40 miles per hour. The Colorado State Patrol office in Larimer County gave an update from I-25 near the border, where blowing snow was causing whiteout conditions.
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One system pounded Western states with rain and snow, while an East Coast storm dumped snow as its high winds knocked out power. Most of the showers are projected to taper off by Thanksgiving afternoon, and we're expecting to stay dry on Friday.
EPAWA Weather Consulting says snow and sleet will transition to freezing rain Sunday in east central Pennsylvania.
In the east, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and MA are among the states that could see snow accumulations of up to 11 inches.
Road travelers were urged to be careful, as driving conditions become risky amid the mix of snow, rain, ice and poor visibility.
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North, south and east Grand County have been issued a winter weather advisory and high wind warning Friday into Saturday. Those areas may see additional snowfall of 8 to 14 inches.
According to the state Department of Water Resources, 75% of California's annual average precipitation occurs from November through March and a small difference in the number of storms can determine a wet or dry year.
For this weekend, the potential problems remain in the west and move eastward according to The Weather Channel. Forecasters are predicting some areas will see well over a foot of snow and gusty northwest winds. Modesto will be breezy Saturday, with gusts climbing as high as 40 miles per hour Saturday night and around 30 miles per hour Sunday.
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The weather also prompted city and county officials in Los Angeles to open 24-hour shelters early for the homeless to escape the cold and rain.