DENVER — Skies will be partly cloudy overnight with lows in the low to mid 30s. Clouds will increase Wednesday as a fast moving cold front approaches. Highs will be in the low 50s in the Denver area and across northeastern Colorado, with 60s over the southeast plains. Expect some showers to develop in the afternoon, with some wet roads for the evening commute.
Sharply colder temperatures will move into northern Colorado Wednesday evening with rain changing to snow. This storm will drop heavy snow over the western and southern portions of the Denver area through early Thursday.
The heaviest snowfall will occur in the foothills, Jefferson County, Douglas County and Elbert County. Much lighter snowfall is expected from downtown Denver northward to Fort Collins and Greeley.
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the Palmer Divide and foothills southwest of Denver. We could see 4 to 8 inches of snow closer to Castle Rock and south from there. Locally, heavier snow is possible in the foothills, with up to a foot in spots!
Expect 3 to 6 inches of snow in the southern parts of the Denver area early Thursday, with only an inch or two for downtown and in Boulder and the northern suburbs. Fort Collins and Greeley should get an inch or less.
Much colder temperatures will accompany the snow, with lows dropping to around 20 degrees early Thursday. Roads will be snow covered and slippery over the southern and western suburbs, as well as in the mountains and foothills.
Skies will clear Thursday with afternoon temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s.
Milder weather will quickly return for Friday and Saturday with highs near 60 on Friday and in the mid-to upper 60s on Saturday.
Another fast moving storm may bring rain and snow to the state on Sunday.