Strong winds this weekend; warm next week

6 AM MST, Friday, November 13, 2020

A Pacific cold front on Saturday is likely to bring some very strong west and northwest winds to the Front Range region, along with some snow near and west of the continental divide.

Today should be the mild day of the next three days. Snow is likely at the high passes tonight and Saturday (maybe 3-6 inches). Some brief rain or snow showers may move east over the lower foothills and plains on Saturday, but the weather east of the continental divide should be mainly dry.

The strong winds (gusts over 60 mph) could be affecting some local areas in the higher elevations and near the foothills by Saturday morning. The chance for high winds will probably increase and spread out onto the plains by Saturday night. I would not be surprised to see some local reports of 75 mph winds.

Temperatures should be seasonable to a little below average Saturday afternoon and Sunday. But it looks like an unseasonably warm period will begin Monday afternoon and continue through much of next week.

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