DENVER — A slow moving storm system will spread showers, thunderstorms and snow across the state now through Thursday.
Most of the wet weather will hit northern Colorado and a few strong thunderstorms may develop across the northeastern plains through early evening. There is a slight risk of damaging winds and larger hail. The marginal risk for severe weather stretches from Denver, northeast toward Sterling.
Skies will be mostly cloudy overnight with a chance for more light rain for the early Wednesday morning drive. Heavier rain showers will develop by late morning and it will be quite a bit cooler. Expect highs in the low to mid-50s both Wednesday and Thursday.
Rainfall will probably be in the .50" to 1.00" range - very welcome for Colorado! In the mountains, the snow level will be around 10,000 feet with 6 to 10 inches of snow likely during the next two days. Some of the heavier snowfall is expected over the San Juan Mountains - very good news after a pretty dry winter!
The showers will continue on Thursday with more cool temperatures. The storm system will swirl away from Colorado and move into the Midwest late Thursday.
Warmer and drier weather will return for Friday and continue for the weekend. A few gusty thunderstorms will be possible in the mountains and foothills Saturday and Sunday, but these storms will produce mainly wind and lightning and not much rain.
A weak storm system will move into the central Rockies early next week, bringing a better chance for showers and thunderstorms.