DENVER — Ready for a big change? Ready or not, we are tracking what should be a significant snow storm for parts of the region.
The spring-like weather will come to an end, as colder weather moves into Colorado and heavy snow develops for the weekend.
There will be some snow overnight and early Wednesday as a weather disturbance moves across the state. Snow totals may be a couple of inches from Denver north to Cheyenne and roads may be a bit slushy and slick early Wednesday. This storm is just the opening act of a much stronger system that will swirl across the state Friday through Sunday.
The first small storm will move out on Wednesday and skies will return to partly cloudy in the afternoon in Denver. Highs will be cooler, in the lower 50s. In the mountains, snow showers will diminish and highs will be in the 30s to low 40s.
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Although still a few days away, the big storm system is now just off the coast of California and will be moving toward the central Rockies on Wednesday. This storm is showing good potential to become a heavy snow producer for the mountains, foothills, I-25 corridor and the eastern plains by the weekend.
Colder weather will begin to move into the Denver metro area on Thursday, along with some rain and snow. By Friday, the precipitation will become all snow and increase in coverage and intensity. Temperatures will drop to the 40s on Thursday and into the 30s on Friday.
The heaviest snow should fall Friday night through Saturday afternoon and gradually taper off to flurries on Sunday. It appears that western and southern suburbs of Denver could see 12-24 inches of snow. The foothills and mountains east of the Continental Divide may receive 24-48 inches of snow. The eastern plains will have a mix of rain and snow, but should get at least an inch of welcome moisture (melted total).
While this storm is still a few days away, it will bring a lot of moisture into Colorado, producing one of the heaviest snowfalls in the Denver area in several years. Stay with Denver7 as we continue to monitor the development of this storm system. We will fine-tune this forecast throughout the week!
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