Spring storm to bring wet, heavy snow to metro area, foothills, mountains

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DENVER -- A classic Colorado spring storm has arrived, bringing rain, and heavy, wet snow to the metro area, foothills and mountains. It will affect the region at least through Sunday. A winter storm warning was issued for the foothills west of Denver and higher elevations south of the metro area. Denver was not part of the advisory area.

From chief meteorologist Dave Fraser

Rain and snow: The next storm is underway with rain and snow showers across Colorado.  Thursday night will continue with a mix of rain and snow before changing over to all snow along the Front Range late Thursday night.  Snow will continue Friday with some rain mixed in at times.

Accumulation: The brunt of this storm will target the foothills with between 10-16 inches of snow.  Across the northern Front Range it will mainly be rain or a rain/snow mix with little accumulation, maybe up to 2 inches.  In metro Denver, 1-2 inches are are expected overnight with little accumulation through the day Friday. An additional 1-2 inches will fall overnight into Saturday.  On the south side, higher totals can be expected with about 4-6 inches early Friday and adding another 2-4 inches by early Saturday.

Wet weekend:  While we expect more rain and snow for Saturday and Sunday, it appears the accumulating snow will wrap up early Saturday.  Weekend outdoor sports are not looking good.

Drying out: There will still be rain showers and a few thunderstorms in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday, but with much less coverage.  The sunshine returns and temperatures warm up with dry days through the middle of next week.

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