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Wettest storm since last May to hit Denver on Thursday night into Friday

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DENVER — Prepare for a big change in the weather over a short time to end the week.

Temperatures will climb back into the 70s on Thursday in the classic “warm before the storm.”

A powerful cold front slams into Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins on Thursday evening, dropping temperatures by 30-40 degrees in a short time. Thunderstorms are possible as the front arrives.

Then rain showers develop followed by a heavy rain/snow mix overnight turning to all snow for a period during the Friday morning rush hour.

The snow ends Friday afternoon.

The heaviest snow falls above 7,000 feet with a heavy mix below that.

The Palmer Divide is the bull’s-eye with 5-15 inches of total snow possible and even deeper drifting.

It will be very windy on Thursday night through Friday with gusts of 30-60 mph, making for blizzard conditions. Watch for power outages and fallen trees.

There will be some accumulation in Denver, but also plenty of melting and rain mixing in initially.

In total, a mix of rain and snow will bring Denver International Airport’s total to more than 1 inch of water. Those to the northwest and north can expect far less than that, and those to the south and east will have some higher totals.

Keep up with the latest on the storm from the Pinpoint Weather team online with interactive radar and watch FOX31 News and Channel 2 News for complete coverage. The Pinpoint Weather team has Colorado’s most accurate forecast, independently certified by WeatheRate.

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