DENVER (CBS4) – As temperatures across Colorado warm considerably on Wednesday and Thursday, two storms near Alaska are getting better organized. Both are set to impact the Rocky Mountain region.
Before the first storm arrives on Friday, temperatures will climb into the upper 70s along the Front Range on Wednesday and some neighborhoods around Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins could hit 80 degrees on Thursday.
On Friday the first storm will take a northerly track across our region that will take the center of the storm over Montana. This is too far north for major impacts in Colorado but the mountains will still likely see snow on Friday with minor accumulation possible on the higher peaks and passes.
It’s also possible Denver and the Front Range could see an isolated rain shower mainly late in the day on Friday from this first storm. But for the most part there will be more wind than wet weather in the metro area.
The second storm will track farther south across Wyoming and therefore will be a strong storm for Colorado. The primary impacts will again be in the mountains with significant amounts of snow Saturday night into Sunday. The storm will cause the infamous “downslopeing” effect for the Front Range so while a rain or snow shower is possible, no significant precipitation is expected in the metro. That being said, it will definitely be a lot cooler on Sunday and gusty winds will make it feel even cooler.
After the second storm departs Colorado Sunday night, a northwest flow will likely persist into Monday causing a continued chance for mountain snow showers but any accumulation should be minor.