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DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday he is activating about 50 National Guard troops to help first responders conduct any search and rescues required during a winter storm expected to hit the Front Range this weekend.

Polis urged residents during a virtual news conference to stay home except for emergencies during the height of the storm, which he said is expected to deliver a mix of rain and snow in the Colorado Springs area to the south and possibly two feet (60 centimeters) of snow to the north near the Wyoming border.

The National Weather Service in Boulder says parts of the eastern plains could be impacted as well on Saturday and Sunday from the Pacific storm system that brought rain and snow to California this week.

Polis said the state agriculture department is on standby to help farmers and ranchers impacted by the storm.

"You don't want to be one of those people to be searched down and rescued," Polis said, urging residents to stay put. "Use your common sense. If it starts to snow, it's going to get worse before it gets better."

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