DENVER - I hope you had a chance to get outside yesterday and enjoy the gorgeous Colorado weather. This afternoon won't be bad, but it's the beginning of some pretty drastic changes.
A strong cold front pushes into Colorado today. Rain and snow will develop over the western valleys and the mountains and temperatures will be dropping about 20 degrees from recent days.
In Denver, the front will not arrive until this evening, so most of the daylight hours will be mild with increasing clouds. The highs on Wednesday will be about 10-degrees cooler with some late day showers and thunderstorms possible.
Much colder air will flow into Colorado tonight night into Thursday with a good dose of rain and snow for much of the state. This system will bring moisture for most of Thursday and early Friday, before moving off to the east of Colorado. While it will not be a major spring storm, it should bring some much needed rain and snow.
The mountains will likely see 8-16 inches of snow Wednesday night through early Friday, with 6 to 12 inches for the foothills. Denver will get a mix of rain and snow, but the odds are pretty good for about .50" to .75" of total melted precipitation from the entire system. The eastern plains will have thunderstorms Wednesday evening, followed by a chilly rain on Thursday and some snow Friday morning.
Temperatures will be right on the edge for snow in Denver, but the western and southern suburbs will get a round of heavy, wet snow Thursday night and early Friday. More of the moisture will come in the form of rain for the downtown areas and neighborhoods on the northern and eastern sides. Be prepared for up to six inches of snow for portions of Douglas, Jefferson and Elbert counties. Friday morning will be a messy commute for areas west and south of downtown!
Highs will only be in the upper 30s to low 40s in Denver on Thursday and in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees on Friday. The mountains will have maximum temperatures staying in the 30s both days. Lows will in the 20s for the Denver area, with teens in the mountains.
This storm will exit the region Friday afternoon with clearing skies and milder temperatures for the weekend. Easter Sunday should be clear and cool to start with lows in the low to mid 30s, followed by a lovely sunny day. Highs on Sunday will bounce back to the upper 40s to low 50s in the mountains, with 60s for Denver and the eastern plains.
Clouds will increase again on Monday as another storm system begins to move toward Colorado. Some rain and snow will develop over the western half of the state late in the day. Showers and a few thunderstorms will be possible for Denver and the eastern plains next Tuesday.