Storm moves out after delivering rain, snow, wind to Front Range

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DENVER — A much-needed early-spring storm brought rain to the Denver metro area and blizzard conditions along the Palmer Divide on Friday morning.

The worst of the rain/snow mix and heavy snow ended about 8 a.m.

Conditions improved as the storm moved out of the area, but not before leaving several thousand people without power, and closing numerous highways and interstates.

Some parts of the Denver metro area got three-quarters to 1 inch of moisture with virtually no snow accumulation.

Winds from the north howled up to 50 mph and the snow was heaviest from Castle Rock to Colorado Springs, where blizzard conditions existed.

Low visibility, heavy snowfall and strong winds forced Interstate 25 to close for several hours until conditions improved.

Skies began to clear in midmorning and highs will reach in the mid-40s for Denver and mid-50s for northern Colorado.

It will be sunny and dry on Saturday with highs in the lower 60s, then a rain/snow mix on Sunday from a second storm.

Snow will end in the mountains around noon, then skies will clear.

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