By Lauren Whitney

DENVER (CBS4)

After a few cold days in Denver, we warmed back up to the 50s with a high of 51 on Wednesday. Plenty of sunshine statewide in Colorado, overall it was a beautiful day in our state.

Thursday brings even warmer temperatures to the front range, a lot of us will spend the afternoon in the low 60s and upper 50s. Then we’ll get even warmer on Friday, we could even tie a daily record high for the date! The record high on Friday (January 19) in Denver is 68° set in 1986. It seems likely we’ll at least tie the record. Some weather models are suggesting lower 70s in the metro area Friday afternoon!

That warm weather won’t last for long as our next system approaches on Saturday. We’ll get gusty in Denver through the afternoon as snow gets more widespread in the high country. After about 5 p.m. on Saturday we should see a rain/snow mix develop along the Front Range followed by a change to all snow Saturday night into Sunday morning. At this time it appears accumulation in the metro area will average 2-4 inches. That’s of course a very preliminary forecast that may have to change (up or down) in the coming days. It also looks like a great shot for our snow deprived mountains. We could use another good storm to pass through as the snow pack remains around 60%.

Next week looks mainly sunny, dry, and cool with highs in the 40s in the Denver. Very typical for late January. A few more snow showers are possible later in the week.

5day Record Warm Temperatures On The Way

snowpack Record Warm Temperatures On The Way

Watch meteorologist Lauren Whitney on CBS4 News on weekday evenings at 5, 6, 6:30 p.m. Check out her bio, connect with her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @LaurenCBS4.

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