A big change is coming to Colorado weather on Friday
DENVER — The mid-April heat wave marked by three straight days of record warm temperatures across the Eastern Plains will come to an abrupt end on Friday.
Big changes are ahead for our weather as a strong cold front begins to push into Colorado from the west. This front will replace the record heat that persisted across the eastern Plains with cold, rain and even snow on Friday.
Denver Weather Day 7 has been issued for Friday due to a mix of cold temperatures and a cold mix of rain and snow.
Winter weather warnings are in place for much of Colorado’s high country Friday through early Saturday morning. Snowfall will be in the 4 to 8 inch range in most areas, although some heavy snowstorms, accompanied by lightning and thunder, could bring some localized amounts.
In Denver and across northeastern Colorado, the weather will get colder with highs only in the 40s on Friday with a mix of rain and snow in the Denver area. Western and Southern Suburbs – Elevations around 6,000 feet will likely pick up a few inches of wet, wet snow Friday afternoon and evening.
Downtown Denver and communities near 5,000 will have a mix of rain and snow that will mostly melt on impact. Driving conditions Friday afternoon and evening will be mainly rainy in the metro area, but humid in the foothills and over the Palmer Divide area.
Saturday will be a cold day with snow showers in the mountains and persistent rain showers in Denver and the eastern Plains. Highs will be in the 30s in the mountains and upper 40s to low 50s for lower elevations.
Sunday will be mostly sunny and warmer with highs in the 60s in Denver and the eastern Plains and in the 40s in the mountains.
Monday and Tuesday will be warm and dry again with 70s in the plains and 50s in the mountains.
Wind gusts of 30-45 mph and relative humidity as low as 10% will result in dangerous fire weather conditions this afternoon/evening. Please avoid open burning and any activities that may cause sparks. Rest on Friday as the cold and wet weather returns just in time. #COwx pic.twitter.com/url8l3Zzrf
– NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) April 13, 2023
The mountains will pick up more snow with 3 to 5 inches expected Thursday night and Friday along with cooler temperatures in the 30s to low 40s.
Saturday will remain cold and rainy with temperatures rising into the lower 50s in the Denver area.
Warm and dry weather will return Sunday into early next week. Highs will be in the upper 60s on Sunday and in the 70s Monday through Wednesday.
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