Storm to bring heavy snow to mountains, lighter amounts to metro area

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DENVER -- A Thanksgiving week storm will bring heavy snow to the mountains and lighter amounts to the Denver metro area.

Clouds will increase across the Front Range on Monday with a 20 percent chance of rain showers in the afternoon and evening rush hour.  Highs will be about 60 degrees.

The rain will change to snow overnight and into the Tuesday morning rush hour, similar to last week's storm that brought the first recorded snowfall to Denver this season.

Only up to 1 inch of accumulation is expected, with 1-2 inches likely in Castle Rock and the Palmer Divide. Conifer, Evergreen and the rest of the foothills could get up to 4 inches of snow.


The snow will end by noon Tuesday.

The heaviest snow will stay above 8,000 feet in the mountains with some rain mixing in below that level.

As the temperatures turn colder Monday night, the snow level will drop.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories blanket the mountains.  The biggest accumulations will be in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, where 8-14 inches are forecast.


The central mountains can expect 6-12 inches, with 5-10 inches in the northern mountains before the storm moves out Tuesday.

There will be another round of mountain snow and lots of wind on Thanksgiving, so drivers should take extra precaution.


But it will remain dry, cool and winding in Denver and across the Front Range for the holiday with highs in the 40s and winds from 15 to 40 mph.