Heavy snow hits mountains; Denver could get rain & light snow

Clouds over Denver, March 26, 2014

Clouds over Denver, March 26, 2014

DENVER — A storm is bringing major snow to the Colorado mountains and a weather change in metro Denver, too.

A cool down for Thursday’s forecast is on the way as two surges of snow for the Mountains and rain/snow for the plains are moving in from the Pacific.

Denver will see a chance of light rain late Thursday night with a possibility of hearing some thunder overnight. A few scattered rain/snow showers could linger before Thursday morning’s commute; otherwise it’ll be a dry day before another chance of rain Thursday afternoon.

LINK: Follow the storm with Interactive Radar

As for the mountains, the first wave picked up Wednesday night bringing a good amount of snow that’s expected to fall through Friday morning.

I-70 closed was closed in both directions at Silverthorne because of multiple accidents and adverse conditions. CDOT also closed U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass. Eastbound I-70 was reopened early Thursday morning with chain restrictions in effect.

Darryl Orr in Weather Tracker ran into heavy snow at Loveland Ski Area near the Eisenhower Tunnel at 7 p.m. Wednesday:

After a brief lull in the storm midday Thursday, snow will pick up again and last through Friday morning.

Driving conditions through the mountains will begin to become hazardous Wednesday night through Friday morning due to heavy snow and wind. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES (From the Eisenhower Tunnel, west through Frisco) and WINTER STORM WARNINGS (From Frisco through Vail Pass, continuing west along I-70 through Edwards) are in place until Friday at 6 a.m.

12-18 inches of fresh powder is expected for areas like Vail, Aspen, Snowmass, down to Telluride by Friday morning.

The storm clears Friday, with a very comfortable weekend ahead in the upper 60s once again for highs around metro Denver