Nearing record high temperatures in Denver

60s and 70s for the metro areas Friday

DENVER - First, I hope you are having a great Thanksgiving.  If you have travel planned for the evening, or this weekend, it is looking fairly quiet for Colorado.

The wind may be a drawback for some drivers, but that wind is what is responsible for this very warm weather pattern and the near record temperatures on the way.

With the breeze, temperatures will continue to be very warm the rest of the afternoon and into the evening.  Through 6:00pm, the temperature was still near 60 across the metro area.  From here, we will cool into the upper 40s by mid-evening, then lower 40s through midnight.  Ultimately we will be down into the upper 30s for lowest temperatures overnight -- not cold considering our average is 20-degrees for the overnights now.

With a "warm" start to the day, Friday will have a good run at warmer temperatures than today's. The predicted high for Denver is 69-degrees and that's only three degrees shy of the record high set in 1901.  In the mountains, highs will be in the upper 40s to low 50s; perfect for some early season skiing.

Saturday will still be mild and dry again, 60s expected, but there will be a change coming by Sunday. A new shot of cold air will drop down from Canada and move into Colorado to end the weekend and start next week.

This next cold shot will not be nearly as strong as what we've felt earlier this month, but it should drop temperatures into the 40s for a couple of days.  There isn't a lot of moisture associated with this next front, so I will keep the rain/snow chance at only 5% for Sunday and Monday.  

Milder weather will return Tuesday and a system nearing the region Wednesday may bring the mountains some snow, but this also looks like a very weak weather maker.  I'll keep you posted on how that outlook changes, if it does.

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