DENVER (KDVR) — If you have plans on Thursday or Friday, you will want to keep an eye on the Pinpoint Weather team’s forecast as a snowstorm is headed for the Denver metro.

A Pinpoint Weather Alert Day has been issued for Thursday and Friday morning for incoming snow and cold temperatures.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for portions of Colorado, while other areas are under a winter storm warning.

The advisory began at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday as many parts of the state got a taste of snow. According to the Pinpoint Weather team, the bulk of the snow will arrive for the Thursday commute. The warnings will last through 9 a.m. on Friday.

Areas under winter storm warning:

  • Boulder County
  • Jefferson County
  • Larimer County

Areas under winter weather advisory:

  • Adams County
  • Arapahoe County
  • Denver County
  • Douglas County
  • El Paso County
  • Grand County
  • Larimer County
  • Weld County

Here is a look at the map for the advisories:

Pinpoint Weather: The following counties are under winter storm and winter weather advisories.

A total of 2 to 5 inches of snowfall is expected, with some higher amounts possible.

What is the difference between a winter weather advisory and a winter storm warning?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a winter weather advisory is issued for one or more of the following conditions:

  • Snow of 3-5 inches in 12 hours
  • Sleet of less than half an inch
  • Freezing rain with sleet and or snow
  • Blowing snow

Winter storm warning

NOAA says a winter storm warning is issued for the following conditions:

  • Heavy snow of at least 6 inches in 12 hours, or at least 8 inches in 24 hours, is expected
  • It can also be issued if sleet accumulation will be at least half an inch

Where to see weather alerts

If a winter alert is issued for your area, whether it is a blizzard watch or warning, winter weather advisor or winter storm warning, it will always show up at the top of the FOX31 website. You can see all weather alerts here.

The Pinpoint Weather team will update Colorado’s Most Accurate Forecast several times each day.