Winter is coming — on Thursday

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. | The central Rocky Mountain region, including Colorado, is about to get its first dose of wintry weather.

Forecasters predict warm and sunny weather for most areas Tuesday and Wednesday for Colorado before things turn cold and wet.

The National Weather Service expects winter storm warnings for western Montana starting Tuesday night. Mountainous areas recently hit by snowfall measured in feet  could get another foot or more by Thursday.

The weather service anticipates winter storm watches across southern Montana and northern Wyoming starting Wednesday. Colorado will get its winter weather beginning early Thursday when temperatures could drop into the teens, even on the Front Range.

Many areas won’t get above freezing Thursday.

In Aurora, Wednesday, expect partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-70s. Winds will be gusty through the day as our next strong storm system approaches. Prepare for very cold conditions, with highs only near 34 degrees, and snow showers on Thursday.

Warmer weather will return this weekend.