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Published November 28 2010

Roads could get slippery soon

A weather system that was brewing over the Rockies on Saturday could bring some slick roads and windy conditions to the area over the next couple of days.

There’s a potential for freezing drizzle late tonight, with that precipitation switching over to snow Monday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Al Voelker. As of Saturday afternoon, Voelker looked for 1 to 3 inches of snowfall out of the system.

Assuming it materializes, Voelker said the amount of freezing precipitation the system drops on the area will determine what travel conditions are like.

He expected increasing northerly winds Monday afternoon.

“Right now, we’re looking at probably 15 to 30 (mph) – something like that,” Voelker said.

He said the system appears to be “kind of a moderate event” as of Saturday afternoon.

“I’m not looking at a blizzard right now,” he said.

WDAY meteorologist Rob Kupek said there’s a “really good chance” that the area could get above freezing today.

That could help create a crust on the snow, especially if there is some drizzle during the relatively warm hours. And that would make for better visibility for travelers.

Even if that does happen, Kupek expects some new snow from the system – snow that winds could kick around, diminishing visibility.

The system comes after fears about inclement weather Thanksgiving eve didn’t fully materialize.

There wasn’t a great deal of snow, which was a big plus for the area’s weather picture, Voelker said. And the winds never really got going.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Shane Mercer at (701) 451-5734