Denver weather: Winter storm warning for northern Colorado mountains

Denver is set to have some calm but windy weather Thursday, but some areas of the northern mountains could see up to 22 inches of snowfall through Saturday.

A winter storm warning is in effect for Jackson, Grand, Larimer and Boulder counties above 9,000 feet from 5 p.m. Thursday to 5 p.m. Saturday. The snow will become widespread Thursday evening with the heaviest areas along and north of a line from Rabbit Ears Pass to Rocky Mountain National Park.

There may be a few lulls in the snow, mainly late Thursday night and early Friday morning, but the total snow accumulation is expected to be eight to 22 inches.

Some light snow could move into the Interstate 70 mountain corridor and Summit County, but the snow accumulation there is only expected to be from two to six inches. Most snow there will hold off until later on Friday.

The Front Range foothills will be windy Thursday evening with wind gusts up to 60 mph or more in some areas. Denver is expected to get winds of 25 to 35 mph.

The high in Denver Thursday is 39 degrees, and the low is 22 degrees. Temperatures will rise Friday to a high of 45 degrees, but don’t get comfortable with the moderate temperatures.

A strong cold front is on the way that could bring wind chills down to as low as -20 degrees Sunday and Monday.

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