Winter Storm Watches were posted on Wednesday for parts of Colorado ahead of a system expected to drop over a foot of snow in parts of the Centennial State.
As much as 15 inches of snow could fall in the Front Range mountains west of Denver on Thursday night into Friday as a strong area of low pressure moves into the Four Corners region, and areas south of Denver could see up to a foot of snow from the system.
The watches, as of Wednesday evening, do not include Denver or its immediate suburbs. Denver likely won’t see significant accumulation, but a few inches of wet accumulation, potentially up to six inches in a high-end scenario, could lead to a slick Friday in the Mile High City.
On Thursday, strong thunderstorms could erupt in eastern Colorado along a potent cold front accompanying the low. Once the front pushes through, however, marginally cold temperatures will bring in just enough cold air to change the rain to snow around 6000′ and above, while more snow is possible in higher elevations where temperatures will be colder.
There is high uncertainty with this forecast because small elevation and temperature changes can make a big difference in snow totals.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi