Fasten your seat belts for a roller coaster ride of changing temperatures around Colorado as readings tumble back and forth between spring and winter figures.
Several cold fronts will move through the region within the next week, with temperatures jumping up and down over the next few days with a few mountain showers possible.
"Temperatures will be a roller coaster," the NWS tweeted. "Each front will bring little precipitation and windy conditions. This will lead to elevated fire danger across some of the lower valleys."
Several cold fronts will pass through the region within the next week. Temperatures will be a roller coaster. Each front will bring little precipitation, and windy conditions. This will lead to elevated fire danger across some of the lower valleys. #cowx #utwx pic.twitter.com/XWIHrpN4Uv— NWS Grand Junction (@NWSGJT) April 7, 2021
For example, temperatures in Denver will be in the mid-60s on Wednesday followed by 70s on Thursday before dropping into the 50s on Friday and then bouncing back on Saturday into the 70s. Cool air will return again on Sunday and Monday with temperatures in the upper 50s, followed by highs in the 40s from Tuesday through Thursday.
Passing cold front brings mixed conditions today. Cooler temps, clouds & light snow will only favor northern valleys/mountains. While clear, dry & windy conditions over central UT into SW CO return critical fire weather, with gusts up up to 40 mph possible!💨 #cowx #utwx pic.twitter.com/pix22T97Sc— NWS Grand Junction (@NWSGJT) April 6, 2021
Northerly winds gusting more than 60 mph along with low humidity values will increase the fire danger on both Wednesday and Thursday for portions of southern Colorado.
Highs will be in the lower to mid-60s across the plains. Winds gusting up to 50 mph east of I-25 will be possible through the afternoon. Gusty winds are also expected to create difficult driving conditions for high-profile vehicles, particularly those traveling east along I-70.
The northern and central mountains saw between one to three inches of snow by early Wednesday morning, with snowy conditions expected to return again next week.
"Looking at next week, we could see multiple days of snowfall with double-digit totals for some areas," wrote meteorologist Joel Gratz of mountain forecasting OpenSnow.
Cooler temperatures will arrive on Friday with continued gusty winds, followed by drier and warmer weather on Saturday. Cooler temperatures, possible spring showers, and strong winds are expected for Sunday into Monday.
Editor's Note: All weather statements are subject to change. See OpenSnow's full forecasting map, specific resort predictions, and more here. Check CDOT’s Facebook, Twitter (@coloradodot) or cotrip.org for closures and delays on highways and roads across Colorado.