Winter Wonderland

File photograph. Photo Credit: beklaus (iStock).

It's been a rollercoaster of wild weather in Colorado during recent days, as high temperatures plummeted below freezing bringing big snow totals with them. One Colorado resort even got 18 inches of fresh snow.

Here's a look at Colorado's forecast for the weekend.

Scattered rain and snow showers will likely move out of the state on Friday, with quite a bit of sunshine and warmer temperatures set to return.

Higher elevation northern valleys and mountain passes will likely continue to see snow showers throughout Friday afternoon, with snow accumulations of up to two inches. Gusty west to northwest winds will also increase over the high country with speeds up to 40 mph.

The southwest will also see lingering precipitation on Friday, though skies are expecting to clear out allowing for warmer temperatures by late afternoon.

On Saturday and Sunday, high temperatures in Denver will fall in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Colorado Springs temperatures will also reach into the upper 70s, as will most other spots on the Front Range.

In the central mountains, temperatures in the 60s will likely be seen with sunny skies abundant. Western Colorado will be a bit warmer, with high temperatures in the Grand Junction area likely to hit the low-80s. Steamboat Springs will likely see temperatures in the upper 70s on Saturday and Sunday, as will Durango. This will also be the case in the Trinidad area.

Saturday and Sunday are likely to be a bit cooler in the San Luis Valley, with Alamosa expected to hit the mid-60s.

This dry and warmer weather pattern statewide will likely continue through the middle of next week.

Editor's Note: The winter driving season will be here soon. Be prepared for the snow by following the state's traction and chain laws. Always check CDOT’s Facebook, Twitter (@coloradodot) or for closures and delays on highways and roads across Colorado.


Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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