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A storm is heading for Colorado and it will bring heavy snow to the mountains

Colder with snow for the mountains
Posted at 5:55 AM, Feb 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 01:20:04-05

DENVER - It was a windy and warm Wednesday across Colorado with highs in the mid-60s in Denver and around 70 across the southeast plains.  Winds whipped to 45 to 60 mph in the mountains and foothills with 30 to 45 gusts around Denver. 

A fast moving cold front will sweep across Colorado tonight and early Thursday.  Snow will increase 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 be windy and colder on Thursday with highs in the mid 40s.  A few flurries will be possible Thursday afternoon with a brief period of light snow in the evening. Up to an inch of snow could fall along the I-25 Corridor between 6 and 9 PM on Thursday.

The light snow Thursday evening 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.

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.