KUSA - Snow began falling on the metro area Thursday morning as much of Colorado braced for another winter storm with heavy snowfall.Sonofa... This is going to make for another interesting couple of days. Oi.
9NEWS Meteorologist Nick O'Kelly says the metro area could get 2 to 5 inches of snow by Thursday evening. The snow will pick up throughout the day.
The storm will intensify overnight into Friday and there could be 9 to 17 inches of snow by Friday morning in the metro area.
Snowfall rates could get up to 2 inches per hour, especially in the foothills along the Front Range.
Nick says by Friday, the foothills could see 18 to 36 inches and the mountain areas 12 to 24 inches.
The storm is expected to continue through Friday and possibly into Saturday afternoon.
Nick says we should expect hazardous driving conditions; many highways could become icy and snow packed.
The storm could also impact travel at Denver International Airport because of gusty winds, blowing snow and drifting.
A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect from noon on Thursday to 6 a.m. on Friday for a large area, including the metro area, the Eisenhower Tunnel, Boulder and Estes Park. The warning could be extended into Saturday.
The heaviest amounts of snow are expected to be in the areas west of I-25. North winds could get up to 10 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph. That could create blowing and drifting snow.
Get the full 9News forecast for Denver here.