By Ashton Altieri

DENVER (CBS4) – Friday was the warmest day in Denver since last November. We officially reached 70° at DIA Friday afternoon which is 20 degrees above normal for early March.

Saturday should be at least as warm and probably a degree or two warmer in many areas. It will stay sunny and dry statewide on Saturday with mountain areas topping out in the mainly in the 50s. But some mountain valley locations could reach the lower 60s.

The price we’re paying for the beautiful weather is high fire danager. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for areas south and southeast of the metro area from noon through 6 p.m. on Saturday.

A storm on the West Coast will reach Colorado on Sunday bringing significant changes. It will be cooler but still above normal in Denver on Sunday with lower 60s. Then temperatures will drop about another 15 degrees for Monday with highs in the 40s. Because the the storm is moving in from the west and the center of the storm will track north of Colorado, it’s very unlikely we’ll see ANY precipitation in the metro area. It’s a different story in the mountains; we expect 3-7 inches of snow from Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning for the mountains of Summit County and the Winter Park area. Elsewhere in the high country we’ll likely see snow but amounts will be less.

While Denver and the Front Range will likely stay dry, it will get WINDY. Wind gusts Sunday night into Monday could easily reach 40 mph in Denver and even stronger in the foothills.

5day Even Warmer For Saturday As High Fire Danger Continues

snowpack Even Warmer For Saturday As High Fire Danger Continues

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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