Winter blast? Spring storm could drop up to 3 feet of snow in Rockies and 6 inches in Denver

Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post

A powerful spring storm could clobber the mountains and foothills with 1 to 3 feet of snow and drop between 3 and 6 inches of snow along the urban corridor by Friday afternoon, forecasters say.

Storm clouds will build over the Denver Public Works metro area Wednesday morning, when it could begin to sprinkle. Afternoon rain and thunderstorms are expected, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder. The high temperature is expected to be around 68 degrees, the weather service says.

The chance for rain increases in the late afternoon Thursday and the evening. Wind gusts up to 23 mph are anticipated. The chance for rain Wednesday night is 80 percent, forecasters predict.

There is a winter storm warning above 9,000 feet between 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Friday. A winter storm watch for the southern foothills will be in effect from Wednesday night to Friday afternoon.

Between a foot to 20 inches of snow is expected in the southern foothills, said Natalie Sullivan, weather service meteorologist.

The heavy wet snow could break tree limbs and cause power outages, Sullivan said.

Overnight, temperatures will plummet by more than 20 degrees. The high on Thursday will only be around 46 degrees, the weather service says. There is a high probability of rain.

After midnight, snow is likely and will continue to fall Friday morning. These difficulties throughout the season & Winds could gust up to 30 mph on Friday. Snow will turn to rain Friday afternoon, the weather service says.

New snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible along the Front Range and between 1 and 2 feet in the foothills. The mountains could get up to 3 inches.

Snow could begin again Friday night.

Although there is a 10 percent chance for afternoon rain on Saturday, temperatures are expected to gradually rise. The high temperature on Saturday is expected to be around 55 degrees.

It will be mostly sunny with a high of 64 degrees on Sunday, forecasters predict. Temperatures will remain in the 60s Monday and Tuesday, when there is a slight chance for rain each day.

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