Mountain snow and front range thunderstorms expected this weekend – CBS Denver


DENVER (CBS4) – The very hot and dry weather at the start of the Memorial Day weekend will be replaced by cooler and wetter conditions starting on Sunday. The high mountains of Colorado will have snow instead of rain.

Friday temperatures will be around 15 degrees above normal for the end of May. Denver Metro will hit near 90 degrees and many parts of the Eastern Plains will hit the 90s. The mountains will be in the 60s and 70s on Friday afternoon, which will quickly melt the fresh snow from earlier in the week.

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There is also a slight chance of a thunderstorm late in the day in the mountains and along the Front Range Urban Corridor Friday afternoon. Any storm that manages to develop will produce more wind than rain.

Not much will change in Colorado on Saturday. Temperatures will be similar to Friday’s, but should be a degree or two cooler in the Denver metro area and slightly warmer in the eastern plains. Mountainous areas will also see almost no change but wind speeds are expected to be lower compared to Friday.

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Then changes are coming from Saturday evening with a good chance of rain and snow developing in the mountains on Sunday and again on Monday. Temperatures will also become noticeably cooler in the high country with 40 and below 50 to 9,000 feet for Memorial Day.

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The snow level is expected to generally stay above 10,000 feet on Sunday and Monday, which means most mountain towns will receive rain instead of snow. Meanwhile, mountain passes like Loveland, Burgdorf, Rabbit Ears and Vail are expected to have at least a minor buildup. The higher foothills of Jefferson, Boulder and Larimer counties may also experience brief snowfall, but no accumulations are expected at this time.

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For Denver and the Front Range, there is a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon Sunday, followed by 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly after noon Sunday. Temperatures will also be noticeably cooler in the metro area for Memorial Day, with many neighborhoods struggling to reach the lower 70s. It’s about 5 degrees below normal for Memorial Day in Denver.

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And speaking of cool temperatures, the Denver metro area may not reach 60 degrees on Tuesday. A rapid warming trend is expected to develop later next week.


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