Durangoans likely will see a short storm today.
The National Weather Service reported a 60 percent chance of snow showers today with a 70 percent chance tonight.
The snow should set in sometime this afternoon or evening and will decrease late into the night, said Norv Larson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
Although there will be more moisture and energy north of Durango, residents should see 1 to 3 inches in town, maybe more, Larson said.
Some scattered snow showers could stick around Monday with a slight chance of precipitation through Tuesday afternoon, he said.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory in effect from noon today to 8 a.m. Monday for the western San Juan Mountains.
The advisory, which includes Ouray, Telluride, Lake City, Silverton, Rico and Hesperus, warns of blowing snow in the areas with the heaviest snowfall at sunset and peak gusts of 30 mph by nightfall.
The mountains could have between 4 and 8 inches of snow by Monday morning, Larson said.
After a cloudy and maybe wet Tuesday, the weather should clear up throughout the rest of the week.
The forecast calls for sunny weather and highs around 41 and 42 degrees Wednesday through Friday.
Still, skiers and boarders hoping to take advantage of a holiday weekend on the slopes should be cautious. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued a special backcountry avalanche warning Friday after a death north of Wolf Creek Ski Area, which was the sixth avalanche-related fatality of the season. The area where the slide occurred is popular with backcountry skiers and is accessible via the Lobo parking lot near the summit of Wolf Creek Pass on U.S. Highway 160.
The warning is in effect through Monday.
Do not let the upcoming holiday weekend or the nice weather in any way fool you into thinking the avalanche conditions are anything but very serious across Colorado, wrote forecaster Scott Toepfer in a statement on the centers website.
Road crews already are prepared for the storm, however big or small it turns out to be, said Nancy Shanks, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
As the storm rolls in, CDOT will have plows ready in Cascade, Silverton, Ouray, Ridgway and on U.S. Highway 160, Shanks said. More help will be brought in if needed.
Theyre all ready for it. Theyre just waiting for it to come in, she said.