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Strong winds over eastern Colorado

Gusts over 60 mph across the Colorado plains
Posted: 6:05 AM, Mar 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-06 13:06:27Z

DENVER – A blast of very strong winds roared over Colorado on Monday!  Some gusts exceeded 70 mph along the Front Range causing a few power outages, raising fire danger and creating billows of blowing dust. 

Temperatures stayed in the mid- to upper 40s, about 25 degrees colder than on Sunday.  The winds will drop off tonight, blowing out of the northwest at 15 to 25 mph.  Lows will drop to around 20 degrees for Denver and across the plains, with single digits and teens in the mountains.

It will remain pretty cool on Tuesday, but the winds will not be as strong.  It will not be calm by any means, northwest winds will still be blowing at 15 to 35 mph.

Lighter winds and  warmer weather will settle in for the rest of the week.  Expect 50s on Wednesday, with 60s on Thursday and Friday. 

Slightly cooler weather will return to Colorado on Saturday with a few inches of snow in the mountains.  Denver and the plains will probably see only a brief shower or flurry on Saturday with dry weather returning for Sunday.  Highs will be near 50 degrees on Saturday and mid-50s on Sunday.

Snow has been scarce this season with only seen 19.4" of snow at Denver International Airport - about half normal at this point in the season.  

In the mountains, the snow-pack is roughly at 75% of normal for the season, with the southern mountain areas in the worst shape. The recent storms are helping, but we could use several more good snowstorms!