Many Coloradans look forward to a long Memorial Day weekend outdoors. While some mountain communities still have pandemic restrictions in place, Mother Nature could also get in the way this year.
The good news: No widespread washouts are expected. The bad news: there will still be some scattered showers and storms to contend with this weekend, especially on Sunday.
The other big concern for this weekend will be the potential for increased fire danger, especially across southern Colorado. Warmer temperatures and gusty winds combined with a growing drought could set the stage for dangerous fire weather in parts of the state. That’ll be perhaps a heightened concern on Friday and Saturday, again, mainly for southern Colorado.
But as far as the forecast itself, the weekend should start off pleasantly. Friday looks to be a dry day across Colorado, and it should be mild as well. Highs will rise well into the 60s and 70s even in the mountains, and highs along the Front Range should eclipse 80.
On Saturday, though, the first hints of trouble will start to move in. Temperatures will slide 3-5 degrees from Friday’s readings for most of Colorado, and it’ll also be a tick cloudier than Friday, especially north of Interstate 70. In northern Colorado, an isolated shower or storm could be in play, although most of the state should remain dry.
The best chances for showers and storms – and perhaps even some high-elevation snow – will come on Sunday. A storm system moving in from the north will pull in both cooler and more unsettled weather by the back half of the weekend. In general, areas along and north of Interstate 70 will have the best chances for rain or snow. But, most areas will have to contend with at least a chance for afternoon storms, including the Front Range.
By Memorial Day warmer temperatures and sunnier weather should both be back in the picture across most of the state. There will be a few isolated afternoon showers and storms, though, mainly along the eastern plains.
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