DENVER (CBS4) – Snow in the Denver metropolitan area in May is not uncommon, but usually before Mother’s Day. This year will be different and there is a good chance that rain will turn to snow on Monday evening.
The chance of rain along the urban corridor will get better over time on Monday. The chance will reach at least 90% in the afternoon and evening.
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It will remain unusually cool for May 10th, with high temperatures only in the 1940s along the Front Range. On Wednesday it should be a few degrees cooler.
The storm, which is responsible for the cool and wet weather in the subway, will also bring heavier snow into the mountains from Monday afternoon.
A winter storm warning will apply to all areas 6,000 feet west of Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins until 3:00 p.m. Tuesday. These areas have the potential to see 8-16 inches of snow with the highest amounts over 7,500 feet.
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Travelers are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel in the highlands between the foothills and Vail Pass during the warning time. Significant delays are likely and road closures are possible, including along I-70 between Genesee and Copper Mountain.
Meanwhile, locations below 6,000 feet, including most of the Denver subway area, are expected to see only 1 to 3 inches of snow piling mainly after midnight Monday night. Most of the buildup should be on grass, roofs, and vehicles – not on the streets in the immediate subway.
After the wet snow on Tuesday morning, the metro area will again have a good chance of rain showers after 9am, followed by a gradual decrease in chances in the afternoon and evening on Tuesday.
On Wednesday predominantly dry weather returns with mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures. A more pronounced warm-up will arrive at the end of the week.
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