Springtime in Colorado! Tuesday the official high in Denver hit 82 degrees, just two degrees shy of the record for that date. At ThorntonWeather.com we were a bit warmer with a high of 85.1 degrees. Now, 24 hours later, we are preparing for a pretty decent snowstorm. What fun!
We’ll reach a high of 50 on Wednesday but it will be shortlived as an upper level cold front moves across the state. After noon we will start to see a rain and snow mix fall across the Front Range which will turn to entirely snow tonight. 2 – 4 inches of the white stuff can be expected in the metro area although much of that will melt quickly with as warm as the ground is. Thornton can expect to be at the lower range of that spectrum as the worst of this storm will hit the southern Front Range. The Palmer Divide and parts of Douglas, Elbert and Park Counties are under a Winter Storm Watch as they are expected to be hit a bit hard with this storm.
The good news is that this cold front should bring some relief to those fighting the wildfires in the southern part of the state. However, ahead of the front strong winds are blowing which will cause more grief until some precipitation starts falling and humidities climb. Much of the southern part of the state is under a Red Flag Warning through 6:00pm Wednesday.