The foothills near and just east of the divide could end up with 10-18 inches of snow above 8,000 feet. The heaviest snowfall from near Black Hawk in the north to the Pikes Peak region to the south.
This heavy, wet snow is the result of the jet stream at 30,000 feet helping to lift the air and create instability in the atmosphere. In addition, a surface wind from the northeast lifts moist air as it moves over higher terrain. This is an "upslope" scenario, and the location of the jet stream helps determine which areas see the highest snow totals.
The parched plains and cities in the Denver metro area and along the I-25 Corridor are getting a good soaking rain with some snow.
Tree damage is a concern as many trees have now leafed out and the weight of the snow can cause damage. When the snow does pile up, gently and carefully try to shake off some of the snow.
If you want to ski or snowboard, Mary Jane will be open through Saturday and Arapahoe Basin will also be, so there could be rather thick, but fresh powder at both places on Saturday.
If you are driving, roads on the plains and the Denver metro area should be just wet due to the warm ground. In the foothills between 6,000-10,000 feet, including I-70 from Morrison through Georgetown or even the Eisenhower Tunnel, the roads may well be slushy and snow-packed with winter driving conditions.
Sunday will be cool and showery, as will Monday. Tuesday will offer a chance for showers and thunderstorms. Wednesday through next Friday will be warmer and drier.
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