Strong storm bringing rain, snow; morning commute could be rough

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DENVER — The weather started changing across the Front Range and northeastern Colorado late Thursday afternoon as a system bringing a winter storm started to move into the region.

In the Denver area, the storm started with rain Thursday night and was expected to change to snow late into Friday morning.

Strong winds were reported throughout the season as the storm began. There could be some wet, slushy conditions impacting the morning commute Friday. Plan on allowing some extra time to get where you need to go.

Snow accumulation in Colorado through 11 p.m. Friday

A blizzard warning is in effect Friday from 3 a.m. to noon for the Palmer Divide, and Douglas and Elbert counties. Central and eastern Adams and Arapahoe counties are also included in the watch.

The worst weather will occur between midnight and 8 a.m. Friday. Powerful winds will blast the Front Range at 25-55 mph from the northwest.

The Palmer Divide above 6,000 feet is the bull’s-eye for blizzard conditions with 1 to 2 feet of accumulation. But the snow will melt quickly down to several inches of heavy wet slush.

Below 6,000 feet, expect a heavy rain/snow mix changing to snow with some slushy accumulation in Denver.

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