First of 2 storms brings snow to northern Colorado, metro area

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DENVER -- The first of two storms brought snow to northern Colorado and the north Denver metro area on Tuesday morning.

Areas were reporting up to 2 inches in some places and some light snowfall was expected in Denver until about noon.

A push of cold air moved into Colorado on Monday afternoon and cold temperatures will be around most of the week. Highs on Tuesday in Denver will only reach the upper 20s.

Expect 2-6 inches of new accumulation for the central Mountains and along the Interstate 70 corridor and 5-10 inches for the northern mountains.

Heavier pockets of snow will fall above 9,000 feet, with some areas approaching 6-12 inches of accumulation.

A second, stronger storm arrives late Wednesday and lasts through Friday, bringing much colder temperatures and a better chance for snow along the Front Range and the Plains.

Snow falls in northern Colorado about noon Wednesday, then moves into Denver by the evening rush hour.

Expect 1-2 inches of accumulation followed by another 2-5 inches Thursday morning for a total of 3-7 inches in Denver by noon Thursday.

As the storm moves out, temperatures will quickly plunge. The high will only reach about 8 degrees on Thursday, then fall to minus-15 by Friday morning in Denver.

The mountains will have continued heavy snowfall throughout the week, with a couple feet of new snow likely.

Travel will be impacted statewide. There will be slower commutes throughout parts of the metro area, particularly Thursday and early Friday.

The first full weekend of the New Year looks good, with partly cloudy skies on Saturday and a high of 30. On Sunday, it will be cloudy, with temperatures reaching the mid-40s.