Colorado weather forecast: Above-average temperatures soar into the 70s; new record high set for Denver

3:54 PM, Mar 17, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Snow is back in the forecast for the High Country today, but it comes with a catch. Winds will increase with the arrival of this winter system, increasing the risk for more wildfires on the Front Range and Plains.

Snow has started in the mountains and will continue through Monday. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY will be in effect through 6pm on Sunday. Accumulations of 2 to 5" are expected along the Front Range Mountains and the Divide with higher amounts expected north of Rabbit Ears Pass. Snow amounts west of Vail will range from 3 to 8". Mountain travel will be hazardous with wind gusts reaching 50mph in mountain passes and causing blowing snow and reduced visibilities.

Snow is not in the forecast for lower elevations east of the Divide, but rain showers are possible on the plains with a couple of thunderstorms. A stray shower is also possible along the urban corridor. No severe weather is expected at this time.

As this cooler air moves east, winds are expected to increase across the state. 50 mph hour winds will make for tough mountain travel, and gusts of 60 mph will increase the risk for wildfires for the foothills and plains. Strong winds are in the forecast through Monday. At this time the fire danger will remain elevated in the northern foothills and plains.

Gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels have prompted a RED FLAG WARNING for Southern El Paso County, Crowley, Otero, and Eastern Las Animas. Strong gusts of up to 55 mph hour are expected through the end of the warning period at 8pm.

Daytime temperatures on Sunday are expected to be near seasonal, but Monday will feel cooler with highs in the upper 40s. Temperatures will climb in the upper 50s by Wednesday, and drop again by Friday with a chance for rain and snow.

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