Strongest snow event of season so far to hit mountains before weekend

DENVER — Winter storm warnings are in place throughout the mountains as rain and snow make their way through the state, leaving some parts of the high country with upward of two feet of snowfall.

This is particularly good news for the ski resorts that have delayed openings or cautiously near the opening.

Rain and snow started late Thursday in southwestern Colorado.

That area will spread across the mountains throughout the night and day Friday. Travel will be increasingly difficult throughout Friday into early Saturday morning.

As far as Denver and the greater metro area, late Friday there will be some rain showers that will change to snow by late in the day. This won’t be for everyone in the city.

Everyone will, however, notice the increased wind followed by a drop in temperatures throughout the afternoon and evening.

These impacts will happen first to the north near Fort Collins, then Denver and Colorado Springs as the system moves through from north to south.

Some Friday night football games could be impacted in the metro area. Those games to get hit by the system will have a rain then rain/snow chance as temperatures drop.

In most cases, the system will clear out Saturday morning leaving the weekend sunny, but cool.