DENVER - Halloween night will be delightful for the entire state!
We will continue to watch clouds build from the west, giving us a party cloudy but dry evening as those trick-or-treaters are heading out the door! Temperatures by 6 p.m. will be near 58 degrees and we will drop to the lower 50s by 8 p.m. this evening. This is not the warmest Halloween night we have seen. Back in 1990 we recorded our warmest trick-or-treating hour from 5 - 8 p.m. at 63 degrees. However, our temperatures tonight are higher than average. Typically the little ghouls and goblins of Denver will search for candy at a chilly 43 degree average temperature.
By the way, it really does not snow on Halloween as often as we might think. Our memories are playing tricks on us as we tend to recall those years when we sent the kids out in boots and overcoats and forget the times when the weather was mild. A careful analysis of records show that it actually snows on Halloween in Denver about once every five years. Kirsten Horne has written a more in-depth look at the Halloween stats.
Tonight our lows will drop down to near 37 degrees. This makes for a chilly start on Saturday, but we are going to see a very warm afternoon - in fact, it is the warmest day on our 7-day planner! By lunchtime on Saturday we will be in the upper 60s, and highs will soar into the low 70s by 3 p.m. Mostly sunny skies are expected, with a few clouds and light showers developing out west.
Saturday night we will start to see a few rain and snow showers develop in the high country above 8,000ft as our next stronger system from the Pacific northwest approaches. This may bring abour 3 - 4" of new snowfall to the mountains through Sunday and early Monday.
Along the Front Range we will look for increasing clouds during the day on Sunday with highs in the 60s. Sunday night the precipitation and cold air mass will arrive. It looks to be light rain/snow event for lower elevations Sunday night through Monday morning. There is a chance Monday morning in Denver could be a bit sloppy with the mix of rain and snow, although amounts should not be more than a quarter inch of melted precipitation.
In the foothills and along the Palmer Divide, there could be enough snow to cause slippery conditions Monday morning. Our Storm Station team is already keeping a close watch on this system and will keep you up to date on the latest trends through the weekend.
Frankly, it does not look like it will become a strong storm for Denver and the I-25 Corridor for Monday, but it should be the first measurable snowfall in what has been a very dry and quiet autumn season. For that reason as well as the timing of a Monday morning, we will keep you posted on the latest!