DENVER - Skies are clearing across the state this morning, with temperatures in the 20s for your morning drive. We'll see mid-40s by lunch and highs in the low 50s. Today will be one of the warmest days that we've seen in a while and Saturday looks to be even warmer.
Winds continue to get stronger into the first half of the weekend as our second, and slightly stronger, system rolls in. Again, this will bring stronger down sloping winds from the west allowing for afternoon highs to be in the mid to upper 50s.
The next storm to hit the state this weekend, starting in the mountains on Saturday and in the metro area on Sunday. It does not appear to be very significant for the Metro Area, but it bring wind and colder temperatures for early next week. Some light snow is expected on Sunday and early Monday, but it will not be a big deal.
Once again, the mountains will get more of the storm as 6-12 inches of snow will be likely in the high country from late Saturday through midday on Monday. There are no Winter Weather Advisories yet for the mountains, but they will be issued as the storm system gets closer. Keep the changing weather in mind if you are heading into the high country this weekend.
Colder temperatures can be expected Sunday and Monday with highs in the 20s in the mountains and 30s at lower elevations. This storm will be of Pacific origin - not from the Arctic, so it will not be severely cold.
If you are traveling to the east early next week, it appears that the storm will rapidly intensify for the Midwest and the Great Lakes by Monday and Tuesday. Strong winds, heavy snow and travel issues will be a concern for the northern Great Plains, the Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes. Farther to the south, severe thunderstorms will be likely Monday and Tuesday across the southeastern United States.
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