Winter Storm Watch issued February 26 at 4:20AM MST expiring February 28 at 11:00PM MST in effect for: Chaffee, Conejos, Lake, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache
Winter Storm Watch issued February 26 at 3:09AM MST expiring March 1 at 12:00AM MST in effect for: Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mesa, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, San Juan, San Miguel
Record High on Monday
Warm south winds boosted temperatures well above average today. Denver hit 80 degrees, beating the existing record of 79, set in both 1999 and 1992. Typically, highs are in the low 60s this time of year. You may have been wearing shorts and t-shirts, but now dig out the winter clothes because you will need them soon!
Big Changes Coming
A strong storm system will bring in a big drop in temperatures starting on Tuesday. Highs will only be in the 50s as a cold front slides in from the north. Expect a dry morning commute on Tuesday with increasing clouds. By 5 PM, rain and snow will be developing and will yield to some wet roads, but temperatures will still be above freezing in the metro area.
Rain Changing to Snow
Some of the rain may be heavy at times. As temperatures drop below freezing overnight, the rain will change to snow. The wet snow may weigh down on some tree limbs, especially ones with lots of leaves still on them.By Wednesday morning, the measurable snow will make for a messy commute! It is looking like the eastern foothills, southwest suburbs, and Palmer Divide may be in for 5 to 10 inches. Metro Denver should see 4 to 8 inches by Wednesday afternoon, with the heaviest on the west and south sides of town. Highs on Wednesday will only reach the 30s.
Very Cold Thursday Morning
The storm will exit to the east Wednesday night and skies will clear. Thursday morning will be very cold, with lows in the teens! Sunny and cool weather will be back by Thursday, then a slow warming trend will unfold by the weekend. It looks to be dry and mild on Halloween!