DENVER — First Alert Action Day for strong winds tonight and early Tuesday.
There is a HIGH WIND WARNING in effect tonight and Tuesday morning for the mountains, foothills and eastern plains. The strong winds will develop this evening as a cold front moves quickly across Colorado.
The front will not produce much snow – 2 to 4 inches in the northern mountains and maybe a few snow showers for the Palmer Divide. Wind will be the main issue with powerful northwest gusts of 40 to 60 mph possible tonight for elevations above 6,000 feet to the west of I-25.
Although Denver and the surrounding suburbs are not in the High Wind Warning, there are enough winds in our forecast (and little weather in the days after this event) to issues a First Alert Action Day for tonight and early Tuesday.
Strong northwest winds of 30-50 mph can be expected over northeastern Colorado on Tuesday, but the skies will be mostly sunny. Two added components to the wind issue will be high Fire Danger again Tuesday (despite cooler temperatures) and blowing dust that could cause some travel issues over eastern Colorado.
By Tuesday afternoon, the winds threat lessen, except for the eastern counties near the Nebraska and Kansas border. We will re-evaluate the wind threat after 7 AM Tuesday to determine if the First Alert ACTION day needs to be extended.
Temperatures will be cooler on Tuesday, with highs in the upper 40s to mid-50s for Denver and vicinity and in the 40s in the mountains
Dry and pleasant weather with lighter winds will return for Wednesday. High temperatures will rebound into the 60s for lower elevations and upper 40s to mid-50s in the mountains.
Another cold front will approach Colorado on Thursday. Winds will increase in advance of the front, but temperatures will be mild - still around 60 degrees.
The front will move across the state early Friday with some rain and snow for the mountains and a chance for showers for Denver and the eastern plains.
The weather for Opening Day for the Rockies on Friday will be cool, with a chance for showers - temperatures in the 40s.