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Denver metro area weather forecast calls for light snow Thursday evening

Bands of heavy snow and winds gusting to 60 mph on high passes are creating treacherous driving conditions in the mountains, according to a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The storm is expected to bring snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches in the mountains through Thursday evening, although higher totals are possible. Drivers can expect snow-covered roads and periods of low visibility.

Light snow showers are expected to develop Thursday evening along the Front Range, with as much as 3 inches of snow expected, but mostly south of Interstate 70. Temperatures aren’t expected to rise out of the mid-40s.

Forecasters said a quick-moving storm may kick up strong winds in the mountains and foothills Friday night and again on Saturday night. This system could produce gusts of 55 to 75 mph, in areas prone to high winds including the east slopes of the Front Range.

The weekend is shaping up to be warm and dry. But another Pacific storm system could bring snow and cold Monday and Tuesday.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center also warned of troublesome conditions in the high country, placing Steamboat and the Flat Tops, and areas around Aspen and Gunnison under avalanche watch through Friday at 6 a.m.. Forecasters also warned of considerable avalanche danger in the northern and southern San Juan mountains.

Keep up with the weather forecast at thedenverchannel.com/weather

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