By Lauren Whitney

DENVER (CBS4)

The snow has cleared from Northern Colorado, where we say 2 to 6 inches of accumulation in many areas.

The snow across Larimer and Weld Counties has been largely caused by “CSI” which stands for Conditional Symmetric Instability. CSI causes banded, heavy snow that usually lasts no longer than 3-5 hours. It’s extremely difficult to forecast when CSI will occur. As late as Wednesday evening it seemed CSI was possible but not likely. That obviously changed! And the snow hit fast and hard enough to create numerous accidents and several road closures north of Denver.

Skies cleared through the day for the Denver area, we saw a little sunshine in the evening. Temperatures remained fairly chilly, we only hit 34 degrees.

A little snow is possible on Thursday night for the high country, but we don’t expect much accumulation.

Friday brings warmer temperatures, we’ll be back to the 50s with partly cloudy skies. We’ll stay there again on Saturday.

Meanwhile, temperatures will be cooler almost statewide on Thursday with highs in the 30s in the metro area.

Some ski areas along the I-70 corridor should see up to 6″ of accumulation from Friday night through Sunday. We could see a few flurries in Denver on Sunday morning.

5day Warming Up After Quick Winter Burst

snowpack Warming Up After Quick Winter Burst

Watch meteorologist Lauren Whitney on CBS4 News on weekday evenings at 5, 6, 6:30 p.m. Check out her bio, connect with her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @LaurenCBS4.

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