The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning residents of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska to prepare for a major winter storm as the Denver area could potentially get more than 2 feet of snow this weekend.
The wintry weather is expected to last from Friday afternoon through late Sunday night. The NWS is currently predicting up to 30 inches of snow near Boulder and Fort Collins and as much as 48 inches in certain mountain elevations.
"Heavy, wet snow could cause power outages, nearly impossible travel conditions in spots," an advisory warned, noting that wind gusts could reach 40 miles per hour.
The winter storm also has the potential to be among the biggest ever to hit Denver.
For Wyoming, the NWS is forecasting total snow accumulations of up to 32 inches in and around cities like Cheyenne with wind gusts of 45 mph causing "blizzard conditions."
"Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility," said NWS. "The hazardous conditions could impact travel Thursday evening through Sunday."
Cities such as Scottsbluff in western Nebraska could also get up to 25 inches of snow.