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Break from deep freeze arrives, snow for mountains over weekend

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DENVER -- We finally climb out of the Arctic basement today. 

A good Chinook Wind will push temperatures up to 33 across the Metro Denver Metro area and Fort Collins Friday. 

Weld County stays colder Friday with temperatures in the mid- to high-20s.

Skies start sunny then turn partly cloudy. 

Higher elevations like The Foothills and Palmer Divide will see even warmer temperatures Friday. I'm forecasting mid- to upper-30s, possibly even getting up to 40 degrees. 

LINK: KWGN Pinpoint Weather

The mountains can expect snow to continue through the weekend with some big totals on the way. By late Sunday, ski areas could see 12 to 30 inches of snowfall. Highs will be in the teens and 20s. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect.  

Most of Saturday should remain dry with partly cloudy skies. There is chance for light snow late Saturday and continuing into Sunday.  The Front Range should see less than 1 inch of accumulated snowfall.  

Snow showers are also in my Monday forecast. 

Warmer, sunnier weather arrives midweek.