Snow in the mountains, showers on the plains

Winter weather alert for the mountains

It is a cold and disagreeable night in Denver and across much of Colorado.  A chilly rain has been falling in the wake of stronger thunderstorms that raced through the area earlier in the afternoon. A cold front swept quickly across eastern Colorado, bringing the wet and wild weather!  

The main band of thunderstorms hit Denver between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and then zipped to the east of the city. The storms brought brief heavy rain, some mall hail and some very strong winds.

Winds were clocked at 50 to 65 mph over many sections of northeast Colorado as the line of thunderstorms moved along. The rain was not a welcome visitor for farmers - unusual in our often dry state -- but the winter wheat crop may have to be replanted over the northeast part of the state due to the recent wet weather.

Daytime temperatures stayed in the 30s and 40s in the high country, with readings reaching the upper 50s to mid 60s at lower elevations. The  southeast quarter of the state had more sunshine and the highs reached the mid to upper 70s just ahead of the cold front.

As the cold front moved through, temperatures dropped very quickly! Denver tumbled from the high of 66 at 1:18 PM into the mid 40s by 3:30 p.m. In Denver and along the I-25 Corridor, expect a night with some periods of light rain. Above 8,500 feet, a rain/snow mix will fall in the foothills and this mix could drop to around 8,000 feet this evening.  

Heavier snow has been falling over the higher elevations.  A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until Midnight for the central mountains with a total of 3 to 6 inches of snow above 10,000 feet.  

Here are a few handy links to help you track the changing weather.

The storm will exit the state on Thursday, but temperatures will still stay cool along with a gusty northwest wind. Highs will stay in the 40s to low 50s in the mountains, with low to mid 60s across the plains.

Another fast moving cold front will zip into Colorado Thursday evening. Expect a quick increase in clouds and perhaps a few rain and snow showers early Thursday night, before skies clear and even colder air moves into Colorado.

Thursday night and early Friday will be quite chilly with lows dropping to the low 30s in Denver and across northeastern Colorado.  Frost is expected in many areas Friday morning. By afternoon, temperatures will bounce back into the upper 60s under a mostly sunny sky.

Over the weekend, a quieter weather pattern will move into Colorado.  Expect sunshine mixed with some high clouds and temperatures in the upper 60s to mid 70s through Sunday. Good news for Bronco Fans for Sunday's home game, the skies will be mostly clear with mild temperatures.

For folks still hoping to see the splendor of the aspens, they should still be in very good shape, especially over the central and southern mountain areas. You will still find some good pockets of gold north of I-70, likely mixed with new snow on the peaks above!

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