Denver and Colorado have reported extreme high temperatures, starting with 90-degree temperatures and increased fire danger on Thursday and ending with snow and a freeze on Friday night.
A powerful cold front crossed through Colorado on Thursday night, making Thursday’s high temperatures and lowering them to 40s by Friday morning.
Snow-covered the mountains first before moving south and east through the day on Friday.
In a tweet early Friday, the National Weather Service informed that affirmations were getting more vital for “significant” impacts down into the Interstate 25 corridor.
For areas below 6,000 feet in elevation and Denver, rain would change to snow sometime on Friday afternoon. A slippery 2-5 inches of snow will likely fall in Denver overnight Friday into Saturday morning.
However, snowfall would only stick to colder surfaces, and roads are likely to remain wet.
The higher impact of snow would fall in the foothills, whereas much as a foot of snow is likely to fall 7,000 feet above in elevation. That is where enough snow can impact trees, and power lines could be disrupted.
Denver is expected to witness 2-5 inches of accumulation, resulting in snapped branches.
Exact snowfall totals are a big challenge with the system. The maximum totals will fall in the highest elevations west of Denver, with areas above 9,000 feet in line for 12-18 inches of snow.
Another speculated impact of the storm is abnormal cold temperatures. Temperatures may fall to 30 degrees on Saturday and Sunday mornings in Denver, resulting in a killing freeze.