Cold returns to Colorado this weekend; Winter Storm Watch posted for southwest mountains

Downtown Denver reached 77 degrees F today, but big changes are due to arrive this weekend along the Front Range. If the forecast holds, Denver will see highs around 50 degrees colder on Sunday than where we topped out today. Until then, enjoy two more days of mild temperatures in the city before things change in a hurry Saturday.

Chance for snow in Denver
Along with the much colder temperatures will be a chance for snow for many across Colorado this weekend. At this time, it appears the big story for the Front Range will not be the accumulating snow, but the dramatically colder temperatures. It is a different story all together for the mountains, where some locations could see their first big snow of the season. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the San Juans and La Garitas mountains, where up to 2 feet of snow could fall between Thursday afternoon and Saturday night. While it looks like the big winners from this storm will be southern Colorado, nearly all ski resorts across the state can expect some of the white stuff this weekend.

In Denver, big questions remain regarding if and how much snow we can expect. General model consensus right now points to about 2 inches of snow in Denver by Saturday night. We will monitor this over the coming days and fine-tune as necessary.

For now, enjoy the warm weather while it lasts, and get ready for a quick drop in temperatures Saturday!

Brendan Heberton

Brendan is founder of Weather5280. He is co-founder of FreshyMap, and develops software for geospatial data analysis and visualization.

Denver, Colorado
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