DENVER — The recent siege of cold air that hit Denver and much of eastern Colorado will slip off to the east of the state over the weekend. Temperatures will not be as chilly overnight, except for the high valleys around Gunnison, Fraser and Alamosa where morning lows will again drop below zero.
Denver will start out with lows in the single digits and teens early Saturday, with the coldest readings along the South Platte River and the milder conditions in the higher elevations west and south of downtown.
Saturday will be a pleasant day with milder temperatures, although high clouds will increase throughout the day. Expect readings in the low to mid-40s. In the mountains, some light snow will develop later in the day with temperatures in the upper 20s to middle 30s.
The weather pattern will shift this weekend as a milder westerly jet stream flow will block the really cold air up in Canada and allow milder Pacific air to move into Colorado for the next several days. This westerly flow will bring moisture to the mountains from time to time, but just some periods of clouds and wind for Denver and eastern Colorado.
Sunday will be a little cooler as a minor storm system moves past Colorado. Skies will clear, but not for long as another in a series of weather disturbances will begin to move into the state from the West Coast.
Monday will bring a few inches of snow to the mountains, but just some clouds for the plains. More of the same can be expected for Tuesday and Wednesday - some mountain snow, but just periods of wind and clouds for the eastern plains.
Thursday may be a little different, with heavier snow in the high country and light snow for Denver.