A potent spring storm will bring accumulating snow to parts of the Intermountain West, including Denver, into Saturday.
“A strong and typical spring storm is heading into Colorado,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde said.
Precipitation in most valley locations will start out as rain or a mix of rain and snow during the day Friday. As colder air filters in throughout the storm, precipitation will change over to snow, especially during Friday night and Saturday.
Heavy snow will fall across the higher elevations, especially in the Colorado Rockies. This will help keep local ski resorts open a little while longer.
Snow will also make an appearance in much of Wyoming, the Wasatch Range in Utah and in northern Arizona, including Flagstaff.
In and around the Denver metro, precipitation will start out as rain before changing over to snow, according to Rinde.
“There can be between 2 and 4 inches of snow in Denver by the end of this storm,” Rinde said.
Most of the accumulation will occur on non-paved surfaces in the valleys, but roads could turn slushy and snow-covered Friday night into Saturday morning, especially if the snow falls heavily.
Travel delays will be possible during Friday night and Saturday along interstates 25 and 70 as well as at Denver International Airport.
Denver will receive its first measurable snow since Feb. 23-24. Denver has only received 19 inches of snow this season, much lower than the season normal of 54 inches. Climatologically, March is the snowiest month of the year in Denver.
The chaotic spring weather across the Rockies will continue as another round of snow will be possible early next week.