Denver will rise to 46 degrees Thursday ahead of a snowstorm that will affect Colorado’s northern half, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.
Side roads downtown could be coated in a few inches of snow by sunrise Friday. Still, the mountains and northeastern plains will definitely be impacted, with areas receiving up to 8 inches of snow and possibly even a foot localized.
It will all start in the mountains and spread down the hills with rain in Denver and possibly a thundershower around 3 p.m. Precipitation is expected to all change over to snow after sunset as the low drops to 25 degrees in Denver with wind gusts over 20 mph.
The metro area is expected to get up to 4 inches of snow on grassy areas with less on pavement, though totals will be highly dependent on the sun’s heat due to the sun’s more overhead angle during the spring compared to the winter. The later part of the evening drive, especially further north, will be impacted. Up to 7 inches of snow could fall around Fort Collins.
Snow showers should wrap before noon Friday, with another inch of snow possible before lunch. It will be 40 degrees with a low 28 as flurries could move back into the area.
Saturday will be 43 degrees, with more snow falling in the mountains and possibly in and around Denver. Temperatures will drop to 20 degrees as the skies clear, finally.
Sunday will be 54 degrees with sun, ahead of more rain and snow on Monday.
Denver’s average high for mid-April is 61 degrees and the average date of last snowfall is April 28.
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