Heavy snow returns to Colorado late this week

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DENVER -- Snowpack across Colorado is nearly average, but looking at it more closely, there are areas that will greatly benefit from a heavy snowfall on Friday.

Denver has a snow chance, albeit low and accumulation likely to be light for those areas.

Statewide, several areas are in need of snowfall.

The northern mountains are in good shape for the time of year. The incoming system likely will give the heaviest snowfall to those areas.

This late-week system was over the Pacific Northwest as of late Tuesday. Active weather will return to Colorado by Thursday and will last into Saturday.

Initially as rain Thursday, the system will bring cold air by Thursday night to change into heavy snowfall through Friday and into early Saturday.

The favored areas are across the central and northern mountains.

As far as Denver and the greater metro area are concerned, late Friday there will be some rain showers in areas that will change to snow by Saturday morning. This won't be for everyone in the city, however.

It's too far out to have an accurate look for the greater metro area.

It's certain that temperatures will drop with this system so Saturday will be the coolest day with 40s after 50s on Friday and a return to the 50s on Sunday.

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