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Here's how much snow Denver could get when winter weather returns

We may reach a high in the low 70s Wednesday, but snow and highs in the 30s are on the way.
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COLORADO, USA — Enjoy the spring-like weather in Colorado on Wednesday because it's not going to last.

The warmer temperatures will stick around through Wednesday, but then it will turn colder again with some snow likely spreading from the mountains onto portions of the plains late Wednesday night into Thursday.

The big story for the Front Range will be yet another exceptional sharp temperature drop. After highs near 70 degrees on Wednesday afternoon, temperatures will plunge into the teens for Thursday night into Friday morning. It will stay chilly through Friday and the upcoming weekend, with highs only in the 30s.

The sharp temperature drop will be accompanied by at least some rain and snow for the Front Range. A cold front will bring in a mix of rain and snow overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.

It'll start as rain for lower elevations, including the Denver area, before flipping to wet snow during or just before the Thursday morning commute. 

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The snow probably won't pile up to much for the Denver area, with Wednesday's warm temperatures making it difficult for any snow to stick on Thursday morning. A slushy few inches could fall in the foothills, where there will be more moisture and slightly colder temperatures.

Accumulations in Denver will probably be an inch or less; though again, the foothills west of town could see more. Boulder, Golden, and the foothills could see 1 to 3 inches on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile in the mountains, another sizeable storm is in the offing for Wednesday and Thursday. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are up for much of the high country above 7,000 feet in elevation. As much as 2 feet worth of snow could fall in the high country, with the majority of it coming on Wednesday afternoon and night.

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Travel could be especially difficult on Wednesday afternoon and night in the high country, especially south of I-70. Monarch and Wolf Creek Passes could be especially difficult drives during that time.

After the 50-degree drop in Denver between Wednesday and Thursday, the chilly temperatures will continue on Friday and into the weekend.

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Then we’re back to partly cloudy skies Friday and Saturday with highs staying well below normal for this time of year. Chances for snow return for Saturday night, Sunday and Monday with highs continuing below seasonal norms.

That storm looks to bring the potential for significant snow to southeastern Colorado, though it's still early. 

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