Colorado’s famously inconsistent weather will be on full display over the next 48 hours or so. While Monday will see high temperatures approaching record highs, a winter storm arrives tomorrow that will bring bitter cold and widespread snowfall.
For today we see a day much like yesterday with plenty of sun and beautiful Colorado blue sky above. High temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s. The record high for today’s date is 79 degrees and while we will come close, it doesn’t appear we will break the mark.
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Tomorrow we will start out with partly sunny skies early but clouds will be increasing as a potent winter storm approaches. Highs will be around 55 degrees, dropping quickly in the late afternoon and evening hours.
Some light, scattered rain showers may develop in the afternoon increasing in coverage in the evening. As the temperature drops, the precipitation will change to all snow, particularly after midnight tomorrow and lasting through much of Wednesday.
Snow will be widespread across northeastern Colorado from the mountains to the Front Range and northeastern plains. Areas of the high country have the potential to see 8 to 16 inches. At lower elevations and in the Denver metro area, 4 to 8 inches will be possible by the time the storm moves out late Wednesday.
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High temperatures on Wednesday will struggle to reach more than a degree or two above freezing. Overnight Wednesday the mercury is set to plummet into the teens. Residents that have not prepped their yards and homes for winter should complete their preparations today.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon. The Front Range, foothills, Palmer Divide as well as the central and northern mountains are in the watch area (click here to view the area).
Travel overnight Tuesday and Wednesday morning are likely to become a bit difficult. Wednesday morning’s commute could be a trying one. Also of concern are that many trees have yet to lose their leaves and the heavy, wet snow could lead to broken branches and power outages.
It is important to note that this storm system is still more than 24 hours away and a lot can change over that period. Even a slight shift in the storm’s track or its timing could result in much less – or much more – snowfall in some areas. We remain concerned that the forecast models are overdoing the precipitation amounts and if so, snowfall amounts will be lighter than forecast.
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Looking toward the latter half of the week, the storm moves out and we begin a gradual warm up although temperatures will be remaining below normal. Highs on Thursday will be in the low 40s followed by the upper 40s on Friday. The weekend will see plenty of sun but temperatures will be on the cool side in the mid 50s.