By Ashton Altieri

DENVER (CBS4) – A large ridge of high pressure will continue to build over Colorado from the west through this weekend. The result will be sunny, dry, and warmer than normal weather statewide through Sunday. Wind will be strengthening over the state through the weekend.

Sunday will also be the warmest day of the next three with highs near 70 degrees around Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. Mountain valleys will climb into the 50s by Sunday afternoon. And it does stay sunny and dry at all the ski areas for the weekend. Remember the sun screen if you’re skiing this weekend!

The only problem with this pattern is the rise in the fire danger. There is a Red Flag Warning posted from noon to 6pm for Saturday for the foothills in Jefferson and Douglas counties all the way down through southeastern Colorado.

For Sunday there is a Fire Weather Watch all day for the same areas.

Looking ahead to next week, a Pacific storm system will approach Colorado on Sunday night into Monday bringing scattered snow showers to the mountains for the first part of next week. For Denver and the Front Range as well as the Eastern Plains, it will get much cooler as well very windy for Monday.

5day Very Dry Atmosphere Means Boost In Fire Danger

snowpack Very Dry Atmosphere Means Boost In Fire Danger

Ashton Altieri is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. Watch him on the CBS4 Morning News weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Connect with Ashton on Facebook and on Twitter @AshtonCBS4.


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