DENVER (CBS4) – If you plan to camp in the mountains of Colorado this Memorial Day, you will need to pack a variety of clothes. The weekend will start hot and dry thanks to a ridge of high pressure currently overhead. But things will start to change by late Saturday and early Sunday as a new storm rolls in from the northwest.
Friday and Saturday will be the two best days of the long weekend with highs reaching the 60s across the high country for elevations above 9,000 feet. Below we will see highs in the 70s. If you plan to be near or above the tree line the highs will be a bit cooler.
Clouds will rise from the west and northwest during the day Saturday and there will be some breeze ahead of the next storm. By Sunday, highs will drop into the 40s and 50s above 9,000 feet with even colder temperatures above the treeline. Rain and snow showers are expected on both days.
Although it won’t be raining or snowing all the time, it will be choppy, meaning mostly cloudy to overcast skies. It will also be much cooler for the last half of the weekend. Snow levels are expected to remain relatively high during daylight hours Sunday and Monday at around 10,000 feet or higher. Snow levels could fall as low as 8,500 to 9,000 feet overnight Sunday and Monday.