Friday Quick-Hitting System

Good afternoon. As you may see by looking out your window, there's a system moving through. This is a quick moving, weak trough that will spread cloud cover, gusty wind, cooler temperatures, and some areas of rain and snow across northern Colorado.

This afternoon the hardest hit area will be between Denver and Frisco. Strong wind and blowing snow will cause travel issues there. For the metro area, the next 12 to 18 hours will have a chance for rain and snow.

Amounts will be limited, but a few inches to fall in the foothills and mountains through the evening. Around Denver, and the northern Front Range, there are a few areas that may catch some accumulating snow. Most of us will hardly have much at all, however, some isolated folks could have a couple/few inches.

GFS Snowfall Totals through Saturday morning

Those isolated areas to have a heavier snow-band is rarely forecast in the models until the event actually starts. From experience, I know that the northwesterly flow can create small areas of greater instability (snow) on this side of the mountains when other conditions are met – most of which I do not see in today's setup.

If a heavier area of snow were to develop it will be oriented from northwest to southeast. The length of the band may be 10-30 miles, but it only spans a couple/few miles wide. The likelihood of this snow-band is low, but something to consider.

Latest HRRR shows a couple of these potential streaks of snow stretching northwest to southeast, mainly north of Denver | Weather5280

Overall, most of us will see the rain/snow with little enough that we won't be inconvenienced.

Once this system passes we have a cool day for Saturday 30s/40s with Sunday rebounding to the 40s/50s. Overnight lows tonight will be chilly! With many locations seeing teens by early Saturday.

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Matt Makens

Matt Makens has won 5 Emmys for his weather coverage. He has the seal of approval from the NWA and is a certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the AMS. He works for Colorado's Own Ch 2.

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