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Heavy rain, mountain snow coming this weekend

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DENVER -- A strong spring storm is expected to impact Colorado this weekend, bringing heavy rain to the area between Denver and Fort Collins and up to a foot of snow in the mountains.

The storm will arrive Saturday night and continue into Sunday, FOX31 Denver meteorologist Dave Fraser said. West of Denver, the Eisenhower Tunnel and Summit County ski areas could see significant accumulation and travel problems.

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A Winter Storm Watch is in place for the Colorado mountains for heavy snow and hazardous driving conditions from Saturday evening until 9 p.m. Sunday.

Snow is not expected in Denver at this time, Fraser said.

“Rain combined with any snow falling in the foothills will, again, raise the flood potential and concern for those areas hard hit last September,” he said. “ And, of course, we’ll have to watch for localized flooding in the metro as well.”

Snow will start in the Mountains Saturday afternoon with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms along the Front Range late Saturday night.

Then on Sunday morning, rain will become widespread and heavy along the Urban Corridor with the possibility of thunderstorms through lunchtime. Rain could switch over to rain and snow for areas above 6,000 ft.

Gusty winds are also expected.

The chance of showers along the Front Range lingers Monday and Tuesday.

The same storm will generate severe weather across the Midwest, prompting some concern over tornadoes.

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