By Ashton Altieri
Dave Aguilera

DENVER (CBS4) – Finally, a little moisture making it into the eastern plains. A big upper level Pacific low is spinning moisture into the Rockies helping to get a few rain showers and isolated thunderstorms rumbling around the Front Range and eastern plains. There will be a few isolated showers for Thursday night with a chance for a few flakes of snow to mix in overnight into Friday morning.

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It’s a different story in the mountains where a Winter Weather Advisory has been posted through Friday morning for 5-10 inches of snow in the mountains of Summit County and the Winter Park area. Snow totals west of Vail Pass and in the San Juans will likely be less.

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On the back side of the storm system we’ll have a lot of wind on Friday morning so a High Wind Watch is also in effect for the foothills of Larimer, Boulder, and Jefferson Counties. Wind gusts could reach 75 mph in the watch area. Those of us farther east in the Denver and Boulder areas could experience gusts over 40 mph.

Mild and dry weather will return for St Patrick’s Day on Saturday before yet another storm arrives on Sunday bringing snow back to the mountains and probably a rain/snow mix to the metro area Sunday afternoon. No snow accumulation is expected at this time.

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Ashton Altieri is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. Watch him on the CBS4 Morning News weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Connect with Ashton on Facebook and on Twitter @AshtonCBS4.