Denver weather: Thursday cold front followed by a stronger blast this weekend

A cold front is pushing across northeastern Colorado on Thursday with cloudy skies, patchy drizzle and sharply colder weather.

Temperatures are expected to drop in the afternoon as moisture becomes more widespread with snow and freezing drizzle along eastern slopes of the Front Range mountains and foothills, and onto the Eastern Plains, by late afternoon and tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

In Denver, skies are foggy and misty, the temperature was just above freezing, 34 degrees, at about noon, according to the weather service. Winds are gusting to about 28 mph.

Warm, windy, and dry conditions will persist, however, in the mountains and high valleys of Grand, Summit, and Park counties Thursday, creating critical fire weather conditions. NWS has posted a Red Flag Warning for fire danger for those areas, which includes where the East Troublesome fire is burning. Fire danger will stay high into the weekend, driven by strong winds.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an air quality alert until 4 p.m. Thursday for Douglas, Jefferson, Denver, western Arapahoe, western Adams, Broomfield, Boulder, Larimer, and Weld counties.

Smoke and particulates from Colorado wildfires continue to impact the air quality along the Front Range and elsewhere, health officials said.

On Thursday night in Denver there’s a chance for freezing drizzle and snow between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m., NWS said. Skies will be cloudy and the low temperature will be 22 degrees with wind gusts up to 25 mph. The chance for precipitation is 30% with little or no snow accumulation.

Friday’s weather in Denver will start off cloudy, before becoming mostly sunny with a high temperature of 42 degrees, NWS said. Saturday should be mostly sunny with a high temperature of 67 degrees.

Another cold front will take hold in northeastern Colorado over the weekend.

Several inches of snow, to about a foot or more, will be possible in the mountains, with a few inches possible at lower elevations, according to the weather service. Winter driving conditions are expected with snow packed and slick roads in some areas.

On Saturday night, there’s a chance of rain before midnight, then snow likely after 1 a.m., the weather service said. Snow is expected to continue in Denver on Sunday with a below freezing high temperature of 24 degrees. The chance for precipitation is 80%. Sunday night’s low temperature will plunge to about 10 degrees.

Snow could stick around in Denver until about noon on Monday. Skies will remain mostly cloudy and the high temperature will top out at 23 degrees.

On Tuesday, skies will be sunny and the high temperature will be near 43 degrees.

 

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