DENVER (CBS4) – It’s a First Alert Weather Day in Colorado’s Weather Center at CBS4. A cold blast of wintry weather is pushing wind, cold and snow through the state. The heaviest snow will be in and near any foothill locations and those areas may get icy close to and after sunset.

Here’s the scenario for your Friday: a fast-moving storm system will pass through Colorado with much colder air and a lot of wind. Places such as Denver, where it has been in the 50s and 60s all week, won’t get out of the 30s on Friday afternoon.

Light snow showers will fall thru the early evening over the Denver Friday and some of those could linger well into the evening across Jefferson County and Douglas County. Snow totals with this storm will be very light, with most locations around an inch or less. The north and east sides of the city will likely see nothing at all.

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It will be a different story in the foothills to the west and southwest of Denver, as well as across Douglas County. Those areas will have a favored wind direction to create anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of snow. This includes places like Evergreen, Conifer and Castle Rock.

In the mountains we will see areas of light snow today with anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of accumulation. Some of the far southern and southwest mountains may miss out on this one entirely.

It will be windy behind the cold front today, especially on the eastern plains, where some places could experience wind gusts as high as 60 mph. There is a high wind warning in effect on the southeast plains through tonight.

This storm will be long gone on Saturday but it will remain chilly around the state. A warming trend will kick in on Sunday with Denver climbing back up to the 50 degree mark.

First Alert Meteorologist Chris Spears