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FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY: dangerous winds in the Colorado mountains this weekend

High Wind Warning for areas west of Denver
Posted at 5:21 AM, Feb 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-17 11:52:07-05

DENVER -  FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY: Gusty winds will develop along the Front Range and in the Colorado mountains this weekend.

A High Wind Warning is in effect across the northern Front Range mountains.  It includes Larimer, Boulder, Jefferson and Summit counties. We could see winds reaching 55-85 mph at times. These high winds will warm us up across the plains, with highs about 10 to 15 degrees above normal. 

Saturday will be dry and milder with highs in the 50s for lower elevations and 40s in the mountains.  Sunday will be mild - in the 50s, but clouds will be increasing ahead of the next storm system.

The next storm will begin to move into the state night Sunday and Monday.  The track of this storm is not certain this far in advance, but it does show some promise of being a pretty good snow-maker for the mountains as well as the Denver area!

SNOW UPDATE: So far, we've only seen 15.4" of snow at Denver International Airport and that is about half normal at this point in the season.  In fact, we would need about 20 inches of snow before the end of February to hit our normals for the season. 

In the mountains, the snow-pack is roughly at 65% of normal for the season, with the southern mountain areas in the worst shape. The recent storm is helping, but we could use several more good snowstorms!

Stay with the Denver7 weather team for the latest updates on the storm and current weather conditions.