Be prepared for a messy Denver commute with snow on Friday morning, Jan. 20

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Traffic on Park. Nov. 17, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Traffic in Denver, Nov. 17, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s 53 degrees right now, which by Denver logic means it’s time to get ready for snow. Expect light snow to develop over the mountains this afternoon, with a chance it will spread to the city through tomorrow morning.

Accumulations in Denver itself should be pretty low – less than half an inch, according to the National Weather Service – but that may be enough to ruin your commute, especially combined with rain and slush. Points south and west of the city have a greater chance for accumulation, according to Weather5280’s detailed forecast.

The mountains, meanwhile, should get anywhere from a few inches of snow to a foot through Friday.

Also, this might be the first of three storms to hit the state from now through next Wednesday, according to OpenSnow. The second wave is expected Saturday through Sunday morning, with decent chances for all ranges, and a third wave might hit Sunday night, OpenSnow predicts.

In other words, a light powder day Friday and a bigger one Sunday. Get ready by reading all the sneaky ways skiing has hurt me.