Soggy weather returns to metro area with heavy snow for some

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DENVER — Another soggy system will cover much of the state Tuesday night and Wednesday. Like last week’s system, the location of heaviest rain and those who see snow will be elevation-based.

Denver has a slightly better chance of seeing snow mix in with the rain or even take over for a time early Wednesday.

The evening rush hour looks wet across the Front Range, with snow developing above 6,000 feet, including along the Palmer Divide and the foothills.

The amount of available moisture in the air to fall as rain or snow is similar to last week’s storm. Total precipitation in the favored areas will be near a half inch and more. Expect less than half inch in northern Colorado.

Wind will be an issue on the Palmer Divide and the eastern Plains. A winter storm watch is in effect until Wednesday morning for 4-10 inches of accumulation.

Rain will fall in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins, then change to a rain/snow mix on Tuesday night and might change to all snow for a short period before changing back to a rain/snow mix.

The storm lingers into Wednesday with a rain/snow mix in the morning before ending as rain showers around noon. Wednesday afternoon will turn drier and highs will climb into the 40s to lower 50s.

By late Wednesday through Thursday, the storm will have cleared the metro area and southeastern Colorado will hold onto the precipitation longer than the rest.

Drivers using Interstate 25 between Colorado Springs and Raton should be mindful that travel could be tough through Thursday.

A second storm moves into the metro area on Friday. It will start out with rain before changing to all snow.

The storm will be colder than the Tuesday/Wednesday storm, meaning there will be more snow for lower elevations.

Accumulation is possible in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins, primarily Friday night into Saturday morning. Highs on Saturday will only be in the 30s.