DENVER - Denver and the Front Range have had a break from the clouds and rain for much of the day, but more thunderstorms are developing to the west and are on the way. Clouds are building over the foothills and we should see some storms in the metro area in time for the evening drive home.
The mountains have been getting showers and thunderstorms much of the day, there has even been a touch of snow reported about 12,000 feet. Cottonwood Pass was only 41 degrees by mid afternoon. The showers and thunderstorms will move off the high country and over the eastern plains late this afternoon and this evening.
Because we have had more sunshine today, temperatures are warming to around 80 degrees, with some low 80s over the eastern plains. This will increase the energy in the atmosphere and may lead to more severe thunderstorms late this afternoon and evening.
Where is all the precipitation coming from? Tropical moisture is moving into the southern Rockies - spinning off of Hurricane Marie, located west of the tip of Baja. In addition, an upper air disturbance is slowly moving over our state. These two systems will continue to impact Colorado through tomorrow before they move to the east.
The storm chances will be a little lower by Thursday afternoon as the upper air disturbance begins to move into Kansas. In addition, as Hurricane Marie moves farther to the west, the flow of moisture will begin to fade away.
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The good news - the holiday weekend should be terrific! Sunny skies, warm and dry for Friday with highs in the 80s. Saturday and Sunday will be pretty nice as well, although there will be a chance for thunderstorms by Sunday afternoon as a weak cold front moves into Colorado.
Labor Day Monday will be a partly cloudy day with a 30% chance for thunderstorms and highs in the upper 70s to low 80s..