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Denver’s Friday and weekend bring substantial warming but still cooler than norm

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The Mile High City will emerge from its most recent deep freeze today and into this weekend. While temperatures will still be a bit below normal, they will offer a big improvement over the cold of earlier this week.

Denver hasn’t seen a temperature reading above freezing since last Thursday, January 30. Today that should change although it will be cooler than the average for the date of 45 degrees.

For Friday Denver will enjoy mostly to partly sunny skies above. The mercury will be slow to rise but we should see a high temperature approaching the 40 degree mark for a brief period.

Up in the mountains periods of light snow can be expected today. Accumulations of up to 6 inches will be possible. Coupled with gusty winds, there will be periods of blowing snow.

Saturday brings the warmest day of the three day period. There will be a few more clouds than today but temperatures will climb to the low to mid-40s. Dry conditions will be seen across the lower elevations of Colorado.

In the mountains, a powerful winter storm will be settling in and last through Sunday. Many locations will see accumulations in the 10 to 20 inch range, particularly along the higher passes and above timberline.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for mountain areas east of the Continental Divide from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. West of the Divide a Winter Storm Warning is in effect until noon on Monday. Travel will become difficult so if you are heading to the high country, be forewarned.

Sunday in Denver will bring a bit of a cool down as a cold front begins to backdoor its way into northeastern Colorado. High temperatures will be near 40, perhaps a bit lower.

Later in the day Sunday and into Monday, there is a slight chance we could see some light snow. Much will depend on how far the cold front backs up to us.

See the image for today’s northeastern Colorado outlook and keep an eye on live conditions here.

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