Winter storm watch issued for the mountains

DENVER — Winter storm watches have been issued ahead of a storm that is set to arrive in the state Thursday that will spread its impacts through Saturday.

Active weather will return to Colorado by Thursday in the mountains and will last into Saturday. That will include parts of the Front Range and metro area.

The late-week system was over the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and entering Utah and Idaho as of late Wednesday.

For the high country, things initially will start as rain Thursday, then 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. Snowfall totals for north-central Colorado are subject to changes based on the ultimate timing of the system.

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

Some Friday night football games could be impacted in the metro area. Those games to get hit by the system will have a rain then rain/snow chance as temperatures drop.

It’s certain that temperatures will drop with the system so Saturday will be the coolest day with highs in the 40s after 60s on Friday and a return to the 50s on Sunday.

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