By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver
(DENVER, Colo.) A cold front moving across Colorado Friday morning will make the weather in the Mile High City cloudy and chilly, with snowy conditions expected around 1 p.m.
Although metro Denver is already starting to see flurries in some areas, NWS Boulder expects snow to fall mainly between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Clouds will remain overhead Friday, with a high temperature around 40.
The sun rose over Denver Friday at 7:15 a.m. and is expected to set at 5:06 p.m. The air quality index in the Mile High City as of 10:20 a.m. was moderate, at 78, similar to Thursday at about the same time.
The air quality Friday in Denver is acceptable, although the pollution may lead to a moderate health concern for people who are unusually sensitive to ozone or particle pollution. The primary pollutant in the air Friday is PM2.5, which are small particles that can enter the bloodstream and are often produced by bacteria, small dust particles, smokestacks and wildfires.
Expect north to northeast winds at speeds of 5 to 9 mph, with gusts potentially reaching as high as 15 mph. There is a 60% chance of precipitation Friday, with a total daytime snow accumulation of no more than half an inch.
The National Weather Service in Boulder predicts the heaviest and highest totals of snowfall will take place south and west of Denver, with a possible 3 to 7" along the Front Range mountains and foothills. Expect slick road conditions.
NWS Boulder predicts a 30 percent chance of snow Friday evening before 8 p.m., with clouds clearing overnight. The low-temperature Friday evening will be near 18.
Expect north winds at speeds of 5 to 7 mph to become light and variable.
There is also a winter weather advisory that will take place from 2 p.m. to midnight Friday for the western metro and foothills. Expect travel from the Boulder County foothills to southern Jefferson and western Douglas Counties to be impacted.