Denver’s pattern of 60 degree-days will change soon, but not on Thursday. Another warm day around the metro will be the opposite of what’s happening in the hills as a storm moves in.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Boulder, Denver will hit 64 degrees under partly cloudy skies on Thursday. Winds could gust over 15 mph in the afternoon, and the low will drop to 40 degrees. Snow will develop in the high country, becoming more widespread Thursday night. The heaviest snow will fall after midnight near Rocky Mountain National Park, as hard as two inches per hour. With the winds, travel will be difficult or nearly impossible. NWS warns that traveling overnight into Friday is not recommended. Along Interstate 70 in Summit County, slick roads are to be expected.
There’s a 30% chance of rain during the day on Friday, with partly sunny skies and a high of 54 degrees. Winds will gust near 20 mph. In the evening, Christmas Eve, the chance for precipitation rises to 40% as temperatures drop into the low 30s. Snow and wind will continue in the hills through Christmas Eve with up to three feet falling in some northern mountain areas. The I-70 Mountain Corridor through Summit County could be hit with14 inches of snow by the time the storm ends late Friday night.
Christmas on Saturday will be warm, with a high of 56 degrees in Denver. The storm will be over in the mountains with just light snow showers.
Two systems are expected early next week, each could provide snow to the mountains, but Denver itself might remain dry.
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