Brief warm spell, then colder & unsettled arriving late Saturday

12:30 PM, Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Very mild midwinter weather will be in place across the Front Range region Thursday and Friday. The next cold font and chance for snow arrives on the weekend, possibly not until Saturday night.

 

The warmth

Get ready for mid 50s to low 60s in most of the urban corridor of the Front Range Thursday and Friday. Just how warm it gets depends on if we see the development of high level clouds along the east side of the Rockies that cuts down the sun a bit. Thursday’s record high in both Denver and Boulder is 65. On Friday it’s 68 in Denver and 69 in Boulder. The chance of setting new records is small, but not impossible.

 

The weekend

The next storm and cold front will likely start affecting western Colorado Saturday with some snow in the mountains and rain or snow in the valleys. For the Front Range and eastern plains Saturday could turn out to be mainly dry and mild (probably cooler than Friday) before the impact of the cold front late in the day or at night.

There is a chance for a cloudy and snowy Saturday night or early Sunday, but it’s too early to tell the likely track just yet. In Boulder, the biggest snowfall so far this season is 6.0 inches way back on October 9th, and most of that melted on the road surfaces.

 

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