Needed rain and snow on the way

DENVER -- Fire danger will remain high going into Thursday evening mainly because of to strong winds again.

However, some relief is coming Friday and Saturday with a soggy storm system.

Snow is expected in the mountains overnight Thursday and to last into early Saturday.

Snow totals will range from 4 inches at lower elevations in the mountain valleys to as much as a foot over some of the higher peaks.

There are winter storm watches, warnings and advisories in place for difficult travel through the high country.

In Denver and along the Front Range, expect rain to develop by late Friday morning and continue into the afternoon. There might be a rumble of thunder from time to time.

The rain will mix with or change to snow overnight into Saturday. The snow will change back to rain early Saturday morning and end during the afternoon.

The storm system has lots of moisture possible, which is what is needed.  Some places could get between 1-2 inches of moisture.

There could be a light slushy coating of less than a one-half inch in Denver from around Interstate 70 to the south.

Areas to the north and east of downtown will have all rain.

About 1-3 inches of slushy, wet snow will fall on the south side of the city across areas such as Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Sedalia, Castle Pines, Franktown and Kiowa.

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