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Winter Storm Warning for Denver, several inches of snow likely overnight

It was 70 degrees in Denver on Tuesday, which, of course, means that snow is just around the corner.

DENVER — Stop us if you've heard this before: it's going to snow again in Denver tonight.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Denver and most of the metro area from tonight through Thursday afternoon, during which 3-7 inches of snow could fall in Denver. Far higher totals, including the possibility for over a foot of snow, are likely in the foothills and along the Palmer Divide.

After nearly 40 inches of year-to-date snowfall, a round of heavy, wet snow looks to disrupt the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning commutes around the Denver area. The highest impacts look to be in the foothills west of Denver and along the Palmer Divide, where as much as 15 inches of snow could fall overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

Overall, though, most of the Denver area should wind up with 3-7 inches of snow from this storm. Higher totals will take place on the south and west sides of the metro area, while lower amounts will generally fall along and north of I-70 in Denver, east of the foothills.

As a storm system moves in from the west, it'll start as rain in the Denver area early-to-mid Wednesday afternoon. Around sunset on Wednesday evening, though, the rain will transition over to snow.

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That could affect the end of the evening commute, especially in the foothills and along the Palmer Divide, where the flip to snow will take place first.

The snow will likely be at its heaviest after dark on Wednesday and into early Thursday morning.

Driving conditions on I-25 between Denver and Colorado Springs and I-70 and Highway 285 from the foothills and points west will be difficult after sunset on Wednesday.

There could be a lot of ice on both Thursday morning and again on Thursday evening, thanks to melted snow and/or rain that re-freezes. Watch for icy roadways around the Denver area on Thursday and perhaps again on Friday morning.

After this next storm, it'll warm back up with more sunshine for this weekend (and the official start of spring on Sunday!) before more rain or snow early next week.

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