DISCUSSION: As the winter storm begins to crank into full-gear over the next 12 to 24 hours, there will also be an increase in the severity of more localized winter storm impacts across many parts of Colorado state. As is noted in the graphic above (courtesy of forecasters over at the National Weather Service office located in Grand Junction, Colorado), there are and have been Winter Storm Advisories and Warnings in effect for many parts of western and central Colorado. As a result, if you need to travel out and about, be sure to leave plenty of extra travel time since both secondary and primary residential roadways as well as regional state highways will quickly become quite hazardous as the snowfall increases in intensity with time.
Moreover, at this next winter storm cranks into action, there will continue to be particularly cold air temperatures in place coupled with increased wind speeds. This nasty combination will lead to decreasing wind chill values which will consequently increase the threat of frostbite setting in within a shorter period of time if people's skin is less uncovered for a prolonged period of time. To avoid having this happen, be sure to dress in layers and always have a winter emergency kit on hand when you are traveling longer distances through areas being impacted by wintry weather.
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