April is supposed to bring showers, but Durango will probably only see a small amount of rain from a storm system that will be over the Four Corners until Saturday morning.
"Most of the moisture will be north of Durango," said Troy Lundquist, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. "It will be more from Silverton north."
The upper-level low-pressure system may bring the last gasp of winter in the mountains, which might cause some hazardous driving conditions on Red Mountain and Wolf Creek passes.
"The Northwest San Juan Mountains can expect significant snow from the storm that started Thursday and will continue until Saturday morning," Lundquist said. "From Ouray up to Red Mountain may see from 8 to 14 inches. Wolf Creek will probably get a few inches."
The system is expected to move out during the day Saturday, but drivers should check road conditions before driving east or north.
The Colorado Department of Transportation reported that conditions on Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain passes were wet and slushy as of 10 p.m. Thursday. Wolf Creek Pass was icy and snowpacked in spots, with no wide loads allowed.
"You'll see a dramatic warm-up starting this weekend in Durango," Lundquist said, with temperatures forecast to be in the mid-60s by Sunday and the high 60s on Monday. "There's nothing significant in the pipe for the near future."