A HIGH WIND WARNING is in effect until midnight for the foothills of Boulder and Larimer counties along the Front Range of Colorado.

Sustained winds of 20 to 40 mph are expected with occasional gusts to 75 mph. Even after the warning expires at midnight the cool northwesterly winds will remain in the 25 to 35 mph range through a good bit of the day Wednesday.

In the Denver area overnight winds will be from 25 to 35 mph with higher gusts in the northern and western suburbs. Cooler air will spill in on the northerly winds, pushing Wednesday's temperatures 15 to 20 degrees cooler than Tuesday's highs.

Because the air behind this cold front will be so dry there is a RED FLAG WARNING for extreme fire danger from Denver all the way east to Nebraska and Kansas Wednesday from noon until 6 p.m.

Mountain snow will be limited overnight with one to three inches in the northern mountains mainly west of the Continental Divide. The snow will end before noon Wednesday.

Dry, mild conditions will return to the state Friday and are forecast to last into the weekend.