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Snow might return to metro area overnight through mid-Friday

DENVER — After a few quiet days, another chance of snow is on the way to the Denver metro area.

The system to move in Thursday night and stick around Friday is the first of three systems that will move through the area until the middle of next week.

On Thursday morning, the storm was dropping heavy wet snow on the Sierra Nevada in California. That snow moved through the Colorado mountains on Thursday night.

The mountains will catch the most snowfall out of this first wave. Most of the mountains will have 2-5 inches with some ranges catching 6-12 inches or more.

There will be contours showing snowfall accumulation over the Plains and metro areas too.

There’s a favored zone of accumulation that is on the Palmer Ridge. Elsewhere, there will be a drop in the chances of much accumulation and even seeing it rain.

Temperatures are quite warm with this system hovering around freezing Thursday night and into the 40s for Friday afternoon. That’s warm enough that some of this system might be rain and even some ice.

The mountains have very good chances of snowfall but the metro area will be very hit or miss.

The timing of this rain and snowfall will be a start between midnight and 5 a.m., and will end in the mid-afternoon Friday.