A warm Wednesday in Thornton with above normal temps, lots of sun

A fine looking early spring day ahead for us. We will enjoy lots of blue above and mercury readings about 10 degrees above normal.

Sunny skies start us off and will be with us until mid-afternoon when just a few clouds arrive. Conditions will be dry and we will see some breezy north winds from late morning into the evening. High temperatures are going to push close to the 70 degree mark.

Tonight, it will be mostly clear initially then clear in the early morning hours tomorrow. Overnight lows will be in the mid-30s.

Tuesday in Thornton dries out, warms up but with some breezy winds

The system that brought us some welcome rain yesterday has moved out and now we can put together a string of warmer, drier days. Today will see temps near normal and plenty of sun but also some wind.

Sunny to mostly sunny skies will be above throughout the day today. Conditions will be dry with some breezy winds into the evening. High temperatures will top out near the 60 degree mark.

Tonight, winds will ease after dark. Skies will be mostly clear with overnight lows in the mid-30s.

Cool, damp, unsettled conditions for Thornton’s Monday

A weak and disorganized system moves through today and with it we see a chance in our weather. It will, however, not be particularly dramatic.

We start off with a big of fog and drizzle then will see mostly cloudy to cloudy skies for the balance of the day. High temperatures will top out in the mid to upper 40s. There will be a chance for showers throughout the day with better chances in the afternoon and evening.

This evening, as temperatures drop, we may see a few flakes mix in with rain but no accumulation is expected. Any precipitation should end by midnight then skies will gradually clear. Overnight lows will did to the upper 20s.

Thornton’s weekend starts off a bit unsettled, then turns pleasant and warmer

A pretty decent looking three-day period ahead. Today will be the coolest day of the period and offer a chance for showers but then we see things become more stable and warmer.

Mostly cloudy skies will be above most of the day today. High temperatures will top out near 60 degrees. The afternoon and evening bring a chance for a rain shower although it doesn’t look like any precipitation that falls will amount to much. Tonight, any shower chances will end by midnight. Skies will then see some clearing. Overnight lows will be in the low to mid-30s.

Saturday will be the most pleasant of the three days. Mostly sunny skies will be above and we will be dry. Beyond some slightly breezy PM winds, it will be calm. Highs will reach the mid-60s. Saturday night, skies will be mostly clear with lows in the mid-30s.

Easter Sunday starts off with sunny skies and calm conditions. The daytime hours will see a few clouds arrive and winds will become breezy in the afternoon. Highs will reach the mid-60s. The afternoon and evening bring a slight chance for some light rain showers. A cold front does move in Sunday night and that may offer up some light snow into Monday morning.

March 2024 top shots: Monthly photo slideshow

A bald eagle people watches at Trail Winds Park in Thornton. (Tony's Takes)
A bald eagle people watches at Trail Winds Park in Thornton. (Tony’s Takes)

The month of March is the start of meteorological spring and while conditions do begin warming, winter weather is certainly out of the question.  From hot to cold, snow to rain, the conditions can be very conducive to great pictures as we see in our slideshow.

March in Denver typically means frequent and rapid weather changes. The days grow longer and we start enjoying more sunshine and sometimes summer-like weather. However, on occasion arctic air masses can still force their way south into Colorado dropping temperatures quickly and markedly.

With the active wildlife, increased outdoor activities by us humans, and of course the weather, March imagery contains a wide variety of subjects and extremes.

  • Slideshow updated March 14, 2024. To learn more about how to send your photo to us for inclusion in the slideshow, see below the slideshow.

Showcasing images captured by ThorntonWeather.com readers as well as some of our own, our monthly slideshow covers the entire gamut of weather-related imagery.

Sunsets, sunrises, wildlife and of course every type of weather condition are vividly depicted in images captured from yours and our cameras.

What is missing in the slideshow above?  Your photo!

Our monthly photo slideshow is going to feature images that we have taken but more importantly images that you have captured.  The photos can be of anything even remotely weather-related.

Landscapes, current conditions, wildlife, pets, kids.  Whimsical, newsy, artsy.  Taken at the zoo, some other area attraction, a local park, a national park or your backyard.  You name it, we want to see and share it!

Images can be taken in Thornton, Denver or anywhere across the extraordinary Centennial State.  We’ll even take some from out of state if we can tie it to Colorado somehow.

We’ll keep the criteria very open to interpretation with just about any image eligible to be shown in our slideshows.

What do you win for having your image in our slideshow?  We are just a ‘mom and pop’ outfit and make no money from our site so we really don’t have the means to provide prizes.  However you will have our undying gratitude and the satisfaction that your images are shared on the most popular website in Thornton.

To share you images with us and get them included in the slideshow just email them to us or share them with ThorntonWeather.com on any of the various social media outlets.  Links are provided below.

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March 24 to March 30: This Week in Denver Weather History

This Week in Denver Weather History

As we have witnessed earlier this month, significant snow events can make an appearance in Denver during the month of March and there have been a number of them in our past. Also not unusual and appearing are powerful, damaging winds. These types of events as well as thunderstorms, hail and even a tornado have occurred during this week in Denver weather history.

From the National Weather Service:

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In 1965…a vigorous cold front swept across metro Denver late on the afternoon of the 22nd with east-northeast winds gusting to 38 mph causing some blowing dust. Snowfall from the storm totaled 4.4 inches at Stapleton International Airport. Temperatures on the 22nd dropped from a maximum of 63 degrees to 18 degrees in just 10 hours and dipped to 3 degrees below zero on the morning of the 24th. Maximum temperatures warmed to only 19 degrees on the 23rd and 18 degrees on the 24th.

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In 1909…post-frontal rain on the 23rd changed to heavy snow during the evening and continued through the morning of the 24th. Snowfall totaled 13.8 inches. Rain and melted snow… Totaled 2.43 inches…which was the record greatest 24 hour precipitation ever recorded in March at that time. A thunderstorm of moderate intensity occurred on the 23rd in advance of the cold front. North winds were sustained to 27 mph overnight.

In 1990…several hours of freezing drizzle covered roadways with a thin layer of “black ice” which caused nearly 100 traffic accidents across metro Denver. In Boulder…snow and freezing rain caused numerous accidents and brief power outages. Snow in Boulder ranged from an inch east of town to 4 to 5 inches near Table Mesa. At times thunder was heard during the snow. Snowfall totaled only 0.6 inch at Stapleton International Airport where northwest winds gusted to 30 mph on the 23rd.

In 1995…high winds developed late on the 23rd and continued through the 24th. A few windows were blown out of a Denver high rise building…spraying glass on the sidewalks and streets below. Southeast winds gusted to 48 mph at Denver International Airport on the 23rd.

In 1996…the third storm in 10 days brought heavy snow to the mountains…foothills…and metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 18 inches at Golden Gate Canyon and 10 inches at Nederland in the foothills. Across metro Denver… Snowfall ranged from 4 to 8 inches. At the site of the former Stapleton International Airport…snowfall totaled 6.5 inches with most of the snow occurring on the 24th. North winds gusted to 34 mph at Denver International Airport. As the storm moved east on the 24th and 25th… Blizzard conditions developed over northeastern Colorado closing both I-70 and I-76 east of Denver.

In 2010…a powerful spring snowstorm swept across northern Colorado. The heaviest snowfall occurred in and near the Front Range foothills and deep upslope developed. The heavy…wet snow clung to tree limbs and power lines…which caused 36500 electrical outages throughout Denver and the surrounding metro area. Power outages also occurred in Douglas and Elbert counties. In addition…approximately 5 thousand travelers were stranded at Denver International Airport due to flight cancellations and delays. Initially… The snow fell at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour…between Boulder and Denver…bringing the evening rush hour to a complete halt. Countless motorists were stuck on U.S. Highway 36 for several hours. Other road closures included I-70…from Idaho Springs to Genesee and I-25 in both directions…from Lincoln Avenue south to Greenland… Or about 15 miles south of Castle Rock. In and near the Front Range foothills and Palmer Ridge…storm totals included: 26 inches at Coal Creek Canyon…23.5 inches…3 miles south of Evergreen; 22 inches at Aspen Springs…13 miles northwest of Golden and 3 miles west of Jamestown; 21.5 inches…3 miles north of Blackhawk…20 inches at Genesee; 16 inches near Nederland; 14 inches near Elizabeth and Strontia Springs dam; 13 inches at Bergen Park and 3 miles southeast of Indian Hills; 12.5 inches… 3 miles southwest of Conifer; 11.5 inches at St. Mary’s Glacier. In Denver and the surrounding suburbs…storm totals included: 15 inches at lone tree; 14 inches near Highlands Ranch; 13 inches near Louisville…12.5 inches at Aurora…Commerce City…Englewood and 5 miles west of Littleton; 12 inches at Erie and Greenwood Village; 11 inches at Ralston Reservoir and Westminster; 10.5 inches at the national weather service in Boulder…10 inches… 4 miles northeast of Castle Rock…Fredrick…Lakewood…3 miles southeast of Morrison and 4 miles southeast of Watkins; 9.5 inches…3 miles southeast of Denver; 9 inches in Broomfield…Lafayette…Northglenn and Thornton; 8.5 inches near Federal Heights; 8 inches in Arvada… Brighton and Wheat Ridge; 6 inches…5 miles southwest of Hudson. Officially…10.8 inches of snow was measured at Denver International Airport.

23-25

In 1891…rain changed to snow and totaled 8.8 inches in downtown Denver. Most of the snow fell on the 24th. Winds were light.

In 1964…heavy snowfall of 5.8 inches was measured at Stapleton International Airport. North-northeast winds gusted to 21 mph behind a cold front.

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In 1909…a major winter storm dumped 13.8 inches of snow over downtown Denver.

In 1915…a cold front produced post-frontal winds to 41 mph.

In 1919…some unusually soft but rather large hail fell with the beginning of precipitation from the first thunderstorm of the season early in the evening. Only a trace of rain was observed.

In 1937…a light to moderate dust storm began at 1:30 pm and continued until 8:30 pm. The storm reduced the visibility to 3/4 mile at times. Northeast winds were sustained to 29 mph with gusts to 34 mph.

In 1970…a vigorous cold front produced a northeast wind gust to 60 mph at Stapleton International Airport where 3.2 inches of snow fell following the frontal passage. The strong winds caused minor damage from Denver northward…and billows of blowing dust reduced visibility at times. Following the passage of the cold front…the temperature dropped 25 degrees in an hour from 65 to 40 degrees.

In 1982…a strong cold front roared across metro Denver. Northeast winds gusted to 48 mph at Stapleton International Airport. The strong winds behind the front created a huge cloud of dust at least one thousand feet high…which briefly reduced visibilities to less than one mile.

In 1987…near-blizzard conditions over northeastern Colorado closed both I-70 and I-76 east of Denver. While only a trace of snow fell in Denver…northeast winds gusted to 37 mph.

In 1997…an early spring storm brought snow to metro Denver. The heaviest snow fell in the foothills and over the Palmer Divide. Snowfall at Conifer totaled 5 inches. A woman was killed when she lost control of her vehicle on snow packed and slick roads near Castle Rock. Snowfall totaled only 1.3 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport. North winds gusted to 46 mph at Denver International Airport.

Continue reading March 24 to March 30: This Week in Denver Weather History

Increased clouds on Thursday but temps in Thornton warm up nicely

Moisture aloft is going to bring in some clouds today. They, however, will not have much of an impact and we can expect our warmest mercury readings of the week so far.

Partly cloudy skies will be the general rule above. Conditions will be dry today with some slightly breezy winds in the afternoon. High temperatures will top out in the mid-60s.

Tonight, skies will be partly clear with some clearing early in the morning. Lows temperatures dip to the mid-30s.

Tuesday to be on the cool side, just a chance for some snow late

One more day with cooler than normal mercury readings for Thornton. We will have some sun initially then late afternoon / evening bring just a chance for some snowflakes.

Mostly sunny skies start us off and will continue until mid to late afternoon. Overall, conditions will be calm during this time. High temperatures will top out in the mid-40s.

By about 2:00pm, cloud cover will increase and we begin to see some chances for snow. Those will continue until about midnight. Minimal, if any at all, accumulation is expected.

Tonight, once any snow ends, skies will remain partly clear. Lows will dip to the mid-20s.

Cold and blustery conditions start Thornton’s workweek

A quick return to wintry weather for us with 4.1 inches of snow on the ground as of 4:00am. Snow is already tapering off but we will remain cold and winds will be blustery.

Some light snow will be possible until about 8:00am then come to an end. Minimal, if any, additional accumulation is expected. Roads were snow packed and icy so please allow extra time this morning and be careful.

We may see a little break in the clouds as the day progresses. Temperatures will remain cold with highs only in the mid to upper 30s. More notable is the blustery winds with gusts to 30 mph that will be with us most of the day.

Tonight, winds will ease and the skies will see some clearing. Overnight lows will be in the mid to upper teens.

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