A warm weekend with heightened wildfire concerns in parts of the Plains will give way to wintry weather early next week as a storm system approaches northern Colorado.
In Denver this weekend, the weather will be mild, with mostly sunny skies and a high of 52 degrees on Saturday and a high near 60 degrees on Sunday, according to a National Weather Service forecast. The overnight lows will be in the mid to high 20s.
Dry, mild weather will elevate “fire weather” across the Palmer Divide and adjacent plains this weekend, according to the weather service, where winds will gust to around 25 mph.
❄️Latest updates on the strong winter storm system Monday through Tuesday evening. The greatest risk of impacts remains in the mountains and plains of the northeast with several inches of snow possible and wind gusts of 45 to 60 mph. Low Threat I-25 Corridor. #COwx pic.twitter.com/NneucfLn5e
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) December 10, 2022
“A powerful storm system will move through the area early next week,” the weather service said.
Forecasters continue to track the approaching system, which could bring several inches of snow and high winds to parts of northeast Colorado Monday night through Tuesday.
“Right now, the greatest risk of the largest impacts are between the plains of northeastern Colorado and eastern Wyoming, the Nebraska Panhandle and the Dakotas,” the weather service said about of the huge storm system.
In Colorado, the northern mountainous regions will likely experience snow, blowing snow and hazardous moving conditions as the system moves through the region.
In Denver on Monday, the sky will be partly sunny and the high temperature will be near 52 degrees, the weather service said. Snow is expected Monday evening, an 80% chance, and the low temperature will be around 22 degrees.
On Tuesday in the city, there is a 40% chance of snowfall, mostly before noon, the sky will be cloudy and the maximum will reach almost 35 degrees, according to the forecast. Wednesday’s weather is expected to include partly sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid-30s.