Stronger storm hits this weekend

Warmer and drier for the next two days

DENVER - Our skies are clearing across the state this morning as our wet weather maker moves into the middle of the country.  The biggest issue this morning will be a bright east bound drive.

Look for dry roads, mostly sunny skies and overnight lows in the 30s to low 40s to start the day.  We'll see low 60s by lunch and highs in the mid- to upper 60s by 4 p.m.

The next couple of days will be pretty peaceful across the state.  Today will be a few degrees above normal and Friday will see highs in the 70s.   Elsewhere across the state, readings will be in the 50s to 60s in the mountains for the next two days, while the Western Valleys reach the 60s and 70s.

The big question still remains what will happen this weekend. A powerful storm system will roar into the western U.S. early Saturday and begin to move into Colorado later in the day.  This type of storm system features strong winds aloft that have to cross the Sierras, the Wasatch and the Rockies of Colorado.

As the storm system negotiates each mountain range, the path and intensity are impacted - and that makes forecasting such storms, shall we say - interesting!  The exact location and strength of the storm system is still not certain for Colorado - and may not be for another couple of days.

If the center of the low pressure system ends up over the southeast corner of Colorado on Sunday, the result would be a strong, wet spring storm that could dump a couple of inches of moisture over northern and central Colorado.

This would be welcome moisture for the farmers and ranchers on the plains, but it could be a real problem for the foothills and areas hit by the floods last September as heavy rainfall in the foothills, combined with snow-melt might create some flooding issues.  

If the storm tracks farther to the north, the heaviest precipitation will in Wyoming, leaving eastern Colorado and the foothills in a drier position.

We will be watching this carefully over the next few days and will keep you up to date on the latest information from the various computer models.

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