DENVER, CO – Several inches of snow and isolated thunderstorms are coming to Colorado this week after some cities experienced near-record highs.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather forecast Monday morning, saying much of the state would see unusually warm temperatures and dry conditions in the region Monday afternoon.
A red flag warning was in effect for the Palmer Divide area across Lincoln County from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, and a winter weather advisory was issued for the northern Gore and Park Ranges from Monday evening through noon Wednesday .
“Some cities may match or break high daily records,” the weather service said. “Generalized low humidity east of [the] The Rockies will create fire
weather conditions mainly for the Palmer Divide and the southeast
plains this afternoon.”
Dry conditions were expected to continue through Tuesday morning, when a storm system brings several inches of snow and slippery roads to the mountains through Wednesday morning.
Rain showers and isolated thunderstorms were expected at lower elevations, including the Interstate 25 corridor and plains.
“However, temperatures will become cold enough for snow late Tuesday evening with possibly some dust in the grass around Denver and Boulder,” the weather service said.
Parts of the foothills and above the Palmer Divide could see 2-5 inches of snow, creating slippery, muddy roads.
The weather service warned of strong northerly winds on Wednesday in the plains east of the urban corridor, with gusts of 40 mph possible.
A second storm system will likely dump more snow on the mountains Thursday evening and Friday, with a chance of rain showers and snowfall at lower elevations.
Snowfall forecast Until wednesday
Denver: 0-1 inches
Diameter: 0-1 inches
Boulder: 0-1 inches
Castle Rock: T-2 inch
Colorado Springs: T-2 inch
Fort Collins: 0-T inches