Colorado weather: Snow expected Thursday but the weekend should be warmer

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The Denver Mountain Park’s buffalo herd at Genesee in the Foothills forage around on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, after a recent snowfall.

More snow is expected to hit the mountains and the Eastern Plains before temperatures warm up again over the weekend. 

“Moderate to briefly heavy snow” will fall on the mountains and foothills starting Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Up to a foot of snow is expected at Colorado’s highest elevation peaks. Travelers along I-70 should expect between 5 and 11 inches of snow through Friday morning. 

Mountain roads are expected to be especially hazardous. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing overnight, so roads may become slippery from ice on Friday morning. 

Heavy snow is also expected across the Eastern Plains, with most of the weather concentrated in the northeast corner of the state. 

“Logan, Phillips,  Sedgwick, and northeast Washington Counties will see 4 to 10 inches of snow,” a NWS forecast said. “Dangerous travel conditions may develop as snowfall rates up to 2 to 3 inches per hour are possible.”

In some parts of the Eastern Plains, freezing rains and sleet is possible, which could lead to dangerous walking and driving conditions outdoors. 

The rest of the state will see far lesser impacts from the incoming storm. Along the Front Range, the I-25 corridor will see scattered rain showers that may turn into light snow on Thursday afternoon. Northern El Paso County is expected to see the most snow in urban areas, with 3 to 5 inches expected. 

For Grand Junction and surrounding areas, little-to-no snow is expected. There’s a chance for rain showers on Thursday, but conditions are expected to clear up by Friday morning. 

Temperatures statewide are expected to return to the 50s and 60s going into the weekend.