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First Alert Action Day: Snow for Denver

Snow ending for tonight
Posted at 5:22 AM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 07:41:58-05

DENVER -  A weather disturbance moved across Colorado Thursday afternoon and the timing was lousy for commuters in the Denver area. Some bands of locally heavy snow produced 1 to 3 inches of accumulation over parts of the Denver Metro area. 

The snow fell just in time to make for a very slick and slow evening commute.  Not every area was impacted as the snow showers were scattered, so some neighborhoods only saw a few flurries and roads remained dry.

Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy overnight with some areas of fog developing.  Temperatures will drop to around 10 degrees and there will likely be many areas of slick spots in the areas that saw snow Thursday afternoon.

Friday will remain chilly with highs in the 30s.  Skies will be partly cloudy through early afternoon, followed by another round of snow showers developing later in the day.  This situation will be similar to what happened on Thursday, so the commute will be impacted again.

Snow will diminish over eastern Colorado Friday night and Saturday morning, followed by clearing skies, but windy and cold conditions.

In the mountains, snow will be possible Friday through early Saturday with 4 to 8 inches likely to help boost the ski conditions for the weekend.

Finally, some milder air will return to the central Rockies early next week as temperatures bounce back into the 50s in the Denver area by Monday and Tuesday.

Another storm will impact Colorado next Wednesday with more snow likely.

SNOW UPDATE: So far, we've only seen 16.5" 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 75% of normal for the season, with the southern mountain areas in the worst shape. The recent storms are 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.