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Thursday brings warmest day of week; Winter storm to have big impact this weekend

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 5:40am MDT

Thornton is going to enjoy a day of unseasonably warm temperatures Thursday.  Big changes are on the horizon however with the potential for significant snowfall this weekend.

For today look for mostly sunny skies above throughout the daytime hours.  We will be warming up quickly this morning on our way toward an afternoon high temperature around 61 degrees – about 15 degrees above normal.  Winds start out calm but will be picking up by the lunch hour and the early to mid-afternoon could see gusts a bit over 20 mph.

The real story is the potential for a significant #winter storm set to arrive late Friday and impact the Colorado Front Range into Sunday.  The latest models have backed off a bit on the timing but the overall conditions we have been discussing all week have been relatively consistent.  In fact, latest runs point to even more snow that originally thought.

Friday will see temperatures a bit above normal with a chance for some rain in the afternoon and evening.  As overnight temperatures tomorrow night drop, snow is expected to develop.  Current indications are that the period from late Saturday morning through Saturday night will be the prime time for snowfall.

We are still more than 48 hours away from that time so putting numbers out there is a bit premature.  However, the potential looks to be there for 6 to 12 inches across much of the Denver metro area for the event.  This system bears close watching and residents would be advised to expect difficult travel conditions Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning.

Our Winter Weather Briefing Page will be the place for all the latest.

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