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Mother’s Day weekend to offer spring warmth, winter cold in Denver

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The Mile High City is going to experience a wide variety of conditions over the next 96 hours with two spring-like days followed by a return to wintry weather for Mother’s Day. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the snow expected to arrive Sunday.

For today, some locations to the north and northwest of Denver are seeing fog and a Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 9:00 a.m. Once that burns off we will have partly sunny skies above.

Temperatures today are going to top out right near the average for the date of 69 degrees. The late afternoon and evening hours brings a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms. Winds will be a bit gusty by the evening.

Saturday looks much like today initially. Partly sunny skies will be above for most of the day as we head for a high temperature right near, perhaps a bit above, the 70 degree mark.

There will be a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms starting Saturday afternoon with better chances towards the evening. Overnight Saturday those showers are expected to become more widespread.

As the sun dawns on Mother’s Day, rain and snow become likely as a system works its way across Colorado. Temperatures are going to play a key role in the form the precipitation takes.

Right now it looks like the colder air pulled down from the north could be sufficient to facilitate a healthy dose of snow Sunday and into Sunday night. Where that cold air lays up is going to be critical in determining how much ends up falling.

A Winter Storm Watch was issued for the Colorado Front Range including Denver and is in effect from Sunday morning through much of Sunday night.

The National Weather Service is cautioning that 4 to 9 inches will be possible along the Front Range. The potential will be there for 9 to 18 inches in the foothills and 12 to 24 inches in the mountains.

Again, it is important to note that we are still 48 hours away from the arrival of the bulk of this system. Much could change between now and then and temperatures are going to determine the haves and have nots.

Should this come to fruition, the wet, slushy snow will almost certainly impact the roads. Additionally, power lines and trees may bear the brunt of it as well. Residents should plan accordingly.

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