11:15 AM, Monday, March 20, 2017
The equinox ushered in Spring at 4:29 AM MDT today, but temperatures of the last two days are more consistent with the average for June 1st. On Saturday and Sunday Boulder set record highs of 80 and 78. Denver was even warmer with 81 and 80, but both fell 1 degree short of the record. Today the record in both locations is 80 which is within reach, but it is likely that we will fall just a little short of those records.
A cold front is slowly oozing down the northern plains today and should move through the Front Range early Tuesday. This is the type of front that will be felt more in eastern Colorado than in western Colorado. There is a small chance it will be strong enough to trigger some low stratus clouds and localized drizzle in eastern Colorado. But it is more likely that it will just cool us down a bit but remain dry across most of the area.
Storm late Thursday and early Friday?
There has been good consistency for days regarding a significant storm moving through Colorado Thursday and intensifying as it moves to the east of the Front Range by Friday. Most indications are that it may only have minor impacts along the immediate Front Range foothills and adjacent plains. But recent guidance suggests the chance that the storm may slow down and track a little farther south which would put the Front Range region in a more favorable location for significant rain and wet snow Thursday night and/or Friday morning. More updates will come in the next few days.