DENVER — Warmer westerly winds have developed across Colorado, helping to sweep the chilly air and the air pollution out of the Denver area and I-25 corridor. Those winds will be increasing over the mountains and foothills and a HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued for the Central and Northern Mountains and Front Range Foothills west of Denver.
Winds will kick up from the west, expect gusts between 50 to 70 mph, so be careful if you're driving up I-70. A few gusts will exceed 80 mph early Wednesday and will cause blowing snow and dust, along with hazardous cross winds on north-south routes. The HIGH WIND WARNING is in effect until 5 PM Wednesday
A series of storm systems will begin to affect Colorado over the next several days. These storms will be racing in from the West Coast and will mostly impact the mountains. Snow will develop in the high country on Wednesday and will continue through early Friday with accumulations of 6 to 12 inches. Locally heavier amounts will hit the Central and Southwest Mountains with up to 20 inches of snow around Crested Butte and Wolf Creek!
Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week with partly cloudy skies and highs 55 to 60 degrees for Denver and the I-25 corridor and in the 30s to low 40s in the high country.
Thursday will still be mild and dry for Denver and the eastern plains with highs in the 50s. In the mountains, expect wind and snow and temperatures in the low 30s.
There may be a little snow for Denver and the eastern plains early Friday, but amounts will be light and the skies will clear by mid-morning. Friday will be slightly cooler in Denver, with highs in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees.
Another storm will move into Colorado this weekend. Snow will develop on Saturday for the mountains, with some flurries for Denver and the eastern plains along with colder temperatures.
By Sunday, expect windy and colder weather with flurries. Snow is likely once again on Monday and Tuesday for much of the state.