Denver getting early blast of winter

DENVER Freezing temperatures are expected through Saturday morning and again tonight in eastern Colorado as the Front Range gets an early blast of winter.

Snow snarled traffic in the Denver area Friday morning, and the National Weather Service issued freeze warnings as snow spread across northeast Colorado. The weather service said the northeast corner of the state could see up to four inches of snow by today.

Colorado Springs emergency managers are reminding people that the city will activate a warming shelter where people in need can stay if temperatures are below freezing.

Its a different story to the west. Areas including Grand Junction and Aspen were under a red flag warning until 8 p.m. Friday for gusty winds, low humidity and other conditions that could fuel a fast-growing wildfire.