DENVER — High temperatures reached the low 60s degrees in Denver Friday afternoon! The eastern plains were warm and dry with upper 50s to low 60s, while sunny skies and 30s covered the mountains.
Early morning skies will be clear and temperatures will stay pretty mild for early January. Lows in the Denver area and along the I-25 Corridor will be in the upper 20s to mid-30s. In the mountains, temperatures will vary as there is still some very cold air trapped in the high mountain valleys. Alamosa, Gunnison and Fraser, for example will still tumble below zero. Most of the other readings in the mountains and western valleys will be in the teens.
The next storm system that will impact Colorado will begin to move in Saturday afternoon. Clouds will increase ahead of a cold front that will be moving into Utah during the day. It will remain mild and dry on the plains with highs in the 50s. Some snow will develop west of the Continental Divide Saturday night. Highs in the mountains will be in the mid-30s on Saturday.
The cold front will push into Colorado on Sunday with 3 to 6 inches of snow likely for the mountains. Denver and the eastern plains could see some light rain showers or a flurry late in the day, but otherwise just some clouds and cooler temperatures. Highs will be in the upper 40s to low 50s for lower elevations with upper 20s to low 30s in the mountains.
The skies will clear on Monday and mild, dry weather will return for most of next week. A westerly flow aloft continues to block the colder Arctic air masses from moving into Colorado. Mild air masses from the Pacific will continue to move across the state. We will keep an eye out for any pattern changes, but for now - January Thaw!
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