DENVER — A powerful, late-season spring storm arrived in the region Wednesday night in Denver and along the Front Range. Some places will see heavy, wet snow.
While a snowstorm this late in May might seem unusual, it’s not. The latest date of snow falling in Denver is June 12, in 1947. See more about the top May snowstorms in Denver here.
Heavier snow will fall above 9,000 feet on Wednesday night through Thursday.
The storm will be a rain-snow mix below 6,000 feet in the metro area on Thursday before changing to all snow Thursday night through Friday morning.
The biggest impact out of this storm will be to the north, from Estes Park & Fort Collins to Cheyenne & Laramie, Wyoming.
The mountainous areas of Boulder and Larimer Counties could have one to three feet of snowfall.
Southern Wyoming may have a foot or two of snowfall also which will make I-80 a very difficult travel route.
Amounts around Denver will vary a lot depending on location, plus if the storm shifts any farther to the north the south side accumulation forecast will have to be dropped significantly. Most of the metro area snowfall will be Thursday night through Friday morning.
Meteorologist Dave Fraser says we could see an average of about four inches in the city.
Also, warm temperatures will allow a lot of snowmelt as the storm moves through.
The heaviest snow accumulations will stay above 6,000 feet, including parts of the foothills, and Continental and Palmer divides.
A winter storm watch will go into effect Wednesday night to Friday afternoon for the southern foothills, where 12-20 inches of snow could fall.
A winter storm watch will go into effect for the Denver metro area from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning.
A bull’s-eye of heavy snow where 2-4 feet could fall is possible from Longs Peak to Estes Park to Cameron Pass and Red Feather Lakes.
A winter storm warning above 9,000 feet is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Friday.
Temperatures will plunge to near or just below freezing on Thursday and Friday mornings, making potted and sensitive planted outdoor plants vulnerable. Highs Thursday will only reach the mid-40s.
Snow will change to rain on Friday afternoon before the storm moves out.
With trees leafed out, downed limbs and heavy snow on power lines could pose widespread power outages and damage.
Precipitation will wind down Friday, with Saturday and Sunday looking mostly sunny and dry. Highs will be in the upper 50s on Saturday and the mid-60s on Sunday.
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