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Warm through Thursday, much cooler and wet by Friday

Slight risk of severe storms on the plains, snow for the mountains later this week
mike weather 5-17-22
Posted at 5:38 AM, May 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-17 19:32:34-04

The middle part of May is often a rather turbulent time in the skies over Colorado, and this week will feature a wide range of weather conditions — especially later this week!

A few afternoon storms can be expected through Wednesday, and there is a slight risk of severe weather — mainly from gusty winds and lightning, perhaps some hail.

A weak cold front will hang around the northern part of the state Wednesday and will help to generate a few afternoon thunderstorms over the northern mountains, Denver area and the Eastern Plains.

The front will push northward as a warm front on Thursday, bringing strong, hot and dry southwest winds and high fire danger. Highs will climb to the upper 80s in Denver and into the 90s over southeast Colorado.

A strong cold front will usher in some much-needed rain on Friday. It will also be quite a bit colder for the coming weekend with highs in the 50s on the plains and 30s to low 40s in the mountains.

The northern and central mountains could see heavy snow Friday and early Saturday, while Denver and the plains will get a cold rain.

We will keep an eye on early morning low temperatures for Saturday as they will drop into the 20s in the mountains and low to mid-30s for Denver and northeastern Colorado.

Sunday will stay cool and unsettled with more showers likely. Highs will stay in the 50s in Denver.

Milder weather will return early next week.

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