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Colorado Weather: From Wildfire To Snow Storm For New Year's Eve

DENVER(CBS)- After hurricane force winds spark historically destructive fires near Boulder, Superior and Louisville, we have a major snow storm set to hit on New Year's Eve. Winds gusted up to the strength of a category 3 hurricane!

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That was enough to knock down power lines and spark the days horrible wild fire along the Boulder Turnpike.

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Winds not go away completely overnight Thursday into Friday but, the will weaken considerably more than what we saw earlier in the day Thursday.

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Relief is much too late but, it is on the way. A strong storm system will blast into Colorado on Friday bringing in the biggest snowfall of the season for the Denver metro area on New Year's Eve.

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There is Winter Weather Advisory for Denver and a Winter Storm Warning for the Front Range foothills and mountains including the Boulder, Superior and Louisville areas. Those areas may see 5 to 10 inches of snow by Saturday morning with 2 to 6 inches in and around the Denver area.

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Most mountains of the state have a Winter Storm Warning in place thru New Year's Day as well. Some spots will get buried with 1 to 2 feet of snow!

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