What to expect while traveling depending on the weather
DENVER — Thanksgiving travelers across Colorado should expect mostly favorable conditions on state highways and highways as dry weather settles in before the holiday, but not before light snow accumulates in the mountains and mostly rain falls in Denver Sunday night into Monday.
“Later, the clouds and winds will increase and it will be windy through this evening,” Denver 7 Meteorologist Katie LaSalle said. “Light rain is expected in the Denver metro area, we will see some rain and what appears to be snow early tomorrow morning, and snow continues to fall in the mountains before a colder storm hits by the end of next week.”
The National Weather Service in Boulder has issued a winter weather advisory for parts of the northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where there could be 3 to 6 inches of snow accumulations and gusty winds. The winter weather warning goes into effect from 5pm on Sunday until 11pm on Monday.
Winter weather warnings will also go into effect in La Garita and the eastern San Juan Mountains for elevations above 10,000 feet where up to 6 inches of snow could accumulate. This consultation lasts from 11 a.m. on Sunday until 5 a.m. on Monday.
The weather will be nice for most of the day in the Denver area with above average daytime highs, reaching nearly 60 degrees in Denver before a noticeable change comes around by the 6:20 p.m. kickoff for the Broncos vs. Vikings game in Empower Field at 6:20 p.m. Mile high.
“You may want to bring rain gear with you. There is a chance of intermittent showers and rainfall activity will be light to moderate, not a lot of extreme moisture with this system at least in the Front Range and Plains,” LaSalle said.
While some soft conditions are possible on higher mountain roads, the NWS said a rain/snow shower mix will produce only light accumulations across the Palmer Divide area.
“Up and down the I-25 corridor at 10 p.m. tonight, you’ll see rain here in the city with temperatures in the 40s by that point, and we could see some light rain and snow early tomorrow morning,” LaSalle said. “But roads are expected to be wet in Denver with more snow accumulating east of the Divide in places like Rocky Mountain National Park, Frisco, and Keystone, which is very great news for Colorado ski resorts.”
Looking ahead to the Thanksgiving holiday week in Colorado, Monday will see morning flurries with the low temperature dropping to the freezing mark before the temperature warms to only around 47 degrees in Denver.
Warmer temperatures will pick up for a few days, with Tuesday’s conditions showing mostly sunny skies and a high of 54 degrees in Denver. The weather will get warmer on Wednesday, with temperatures reaching 65 degrees in the afternoon.
If you’re planning to travel through Colorado for your Thanksgiving plans, the good news is that the weather will be dry Tuesday through Thursday on I-70 in the mountains, with favorable driving conditions throughout the state including the I-25 corridor and plains. Colorado. .
While Thanksgiving will be dry in the state, a colder air mass will sweep lower temperatures across Colorado due to recent unseasonably warm conditions.
Weather in Denver on Thanksgiving Day shows cool and mostly cloudy conditions with a high of only 45 degrees with the NWS adding Tuesday through Wednesday could be a good day to put up a Christmas tree before the next chance of snow arrives on Friday.
For Thanksgiving travelers planning to head home on Friday, a more widespread snow system is expected to move into Colorado on Friday causing some potential impacts down the road.
There is still some uncertainty about the timing and amount of snowfall in the state, the NWS said.
“The general consensus is for a period of cold temperatures and a more widespread light snow event Thursday and Friday night,” the National Weather Service said in its discussion of the forecast.
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