Denver weather: Snowstorm expected to pack a hard punch Saturday night

A blast of winter weather out of the west is moving toward Denver, with snow and frigid temperatures expected in the city throughout the weekend.

A winter weather advisory is set from 9 a.m. Saturday through Sunday morning. Snow is likely Saturday after 11 a.m. in Denver, with the storm predicted to drop up to 8 inches before moving out of the area Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Current Winter Highlights: Update – Much of Northern CO can expect Snowy & Cold Wx thur the weekend. Conditions will begin to deteriorate over the Front Range FtHills & I-25 Corridor by evening. Expect difficult driving conditions: NE CO & high country thru Sunday morning. #COwx pic.twitter.com/QwZmaMXmdc

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) March 1, 2019

The chance for snow during the day Saturday in the city is 70 percent, with accumulation of 1 to 2 inches predicted.

On Saturday night, the snow is expected to pack more of a punch in Denver and the surrounding metro area, including Boulder, Golden, Littleton and Castle Rock. Fort Lupton and Greeley are also under the winter weather advisory.

Snow will be heavy at times, and the overnight low temperature in Denver will be 2 degrees. The chance of snow is 100 percent, with up to 5 inches of night-time accumulation possible.

Snow should continue into Sunday morning in the metro area — there’s a 50 percent chance — with cloudy skies and a high temperature topping out at 15 degrees. Wind chills on Sunday could drop the temperature to as low as minus-9 degrees. New snow accumulation on Sunday should be about one inch. Sunday night will remain bitterly cold, with a low temperature of 1 degree. Light snow may continue in some areas into Sunday night.

Parts of the metro area, including Boulder, Denver, the western suburbs, Castle Rock and Greeley, could have 4 to 7 inches of snow by the time the storm wraps up Sunday.

Drivers should be prepared for winter driving conditions and for travel to be difficult. Snow-covered roads and periods of blowing snow, reducing visibility, will be widespread.

With several events planned for the weekend, including state tournament basketball games at the Denver Coliseum, there is a chance for cancellations.

In the event of inclement weather, those games could be moved to Sunday, according to CHSAA assistant commissioner Bert Borgman. Those games would be played at the Coliseum, with all updates and changes posted on CHSAANow.com.

“It’s safety first for the kids, so if we have to make some adjustments along the way (that’s fine),” CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said. “We’ve been known to have state championships on Sundays. I’m not saying that’s our go-to plan, but right now we’re not seeing any weather issues for next weekend.”

In the mountains, snow will be heavy at times into Sunday morning. Some areas, primarily in the northern mountains, could get up to 40 inches of snow out of the system by Sunday. Snow on the eastern plains will be widespread on Saturday into Sunday, with some areas seeing up to 8 inches by Sunday morning.

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