By Chris SpearsBy Lauren Whitney
DENVER (CBS4)

Get ready for another wild ride in the weather department! In the next 24 hours, we’ll take a massive temperature drop and see snow across eastern Colorado.

Ahead of the storm it’s windy and warm with high fire danger. As the front passes and leaves Colorado on Thursday night into Friday, we will still be extremely windy. A High Wind Warning will be in place for eastern Colorado on Friday, and in some areas through Saturday morning.

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The mountains are in for a good shot of snow, with most areas picking up 3 to 7 inches of snow. The western mountains could see up to 10 inches. Winter Weather Advisories go into place on Friday evening.

As we move into the day on Friday our attention will turn to the northeast plains where a blizzard will likely develop.

Several inches of snow could fall in a narrow band near Akron and Sterling along with wind gusts up to 70 mph. Blizzard warnings have been posted starting at 6 am for that part of the state. Travel will be very difficult along I-70 and I-76, with road closures possible with whiteout conditions.

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Denver and areas to the north will likely see snow, but not much accumulation. We’ll be colder, only in the 30s, with gusty winds sticking around. South of Denver has a better chance for accumulating snow.

This is quickly gone, just like last Friday. We’ll be back in the 50s and 60s this weekend.

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Watch meteorologist Lauren Whitney on CBS4 News on weekday evenings at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m. Check out her bio, connect with her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @LaurenCBS4.

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