By Lauren Whitney
DENVER (CBS4)

Another very warm day for January in Colorado, but we did come just shy of tying another daily record high in Denver. We were one degree off with a high of 67, the daily record high was 68 from 1986.

The warm temperatures will come to a very abrupt end this weekend, as we have a potent winter storm heading into the state.

Saturday will still be fairly warm, but temperatures will drop to the 50s for the front range. The snow will start first on the Western Slope, then spread to our mountains through the day. Denver will stay dry all day, but in the late evening hours we could get a little rain/snow mix. This will change to snow overnight into Sunday, and we could see snow through Sunday afternoon. We may see 3 to 6 inches across the Denver area.

Areas south of Denver and to the northeastern plains, we have Winter Storm Watches for 4 to 8 inches of snow. For the mountains, the front range mountains and foothills could see 6 to 12 inches of snow, with some areas seeing up to 20 inches of snow. The central areas could get anywhere from 5 to 15 inches, with the southwestern mountains looking at 5 to 18 inches of snow. Winter Weather Alerts are in place from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Mountain travel could be tough with the wind and heavy snow.

By Sunday night we’ll be dry and cold. Temperatures will be in the teens Monday morning.

5day Major Winter Storm Heading For Colorado

snowpack Major Winter Storm Heading For Colorado

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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