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FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY: Snow in Denver tonight, icy roads tomorrow morning

Snow hits the Colorado mountains-and Denver
Posted at 5:34 AM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-16 07:37:46-05

DENVER -  FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY: A fast moving cold front is sweeping across Colorado tonight. Snow is now heavy in the mountains where a Winter Storm Warning is in effect through early Friday.  Eight to sixteen inches of snow can be expected along with strong northwest winds.  Roads will be snow covered and slippery.

In Denver and across the eastern plains, it will remain windy and colder.  Light snow is falling across the Denver metro, but we are only expecting light amounts~ with slick spots on the roads overnight.

The light snow tonight could lead to some icy roads for the Friday morning commute.  Skies will quickly clear and temperatures will drop to the teens early Friday.  Temperatures will be in the 40s in the afternoon under sunny skies. It will also be very windy for the next few days. A High Wind Watch has been issued for Friday and Saturday with winds reaching 55-85 mph at times. These high winds will warm us up for the weekend though. 

Saturday will be dry and milder with highs in the 50s for lower elevations and 40s in the mountains.  Sunday will be mild - in the 50s, but clouds will be increasing ahead of the next storm system.

The next storm will begin to move into the state night Sunday and Monday.  The track of this storm is not certain this far in advance, but it does show some promise of being a pretty good snow-maker for the mountains as well as the Denver area!

SNOW UPDATE: So far, we've only seen 15.4" of snow at Denver International Airport and that is about half normal at this point in the season.  In fact, we would need about 20 inches of snow before the end of February to hit our normals for the season. 

In the mountains, the snow-pack is roughly at 65% of normal for the season, with the southern mountain areas in the worst shape. The recent storm is helping, but we could use several more good snowstorms!

Stay with the Denver7 weather team for the latest updates on the storm and current weather conditions.