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Cold and soggy across Colorado to start the week

A rain/snow mix in Denver tonight
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Posted at 5:27 AM, May 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-10 22:01:56-04

DENVER — The cold and wet weather will continue for the mountains and the metro. Snow will mix in with the rain in the Denver area tonight, especially for suburbs above 6,000 feet in elevation. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued until 3 p.m. Tuesday for 8-16 inches of snow for the foothills and mountains above 7,500 feet.

Lows tonight will be in the mid to upper 20s in the mountains and low 30s for Denver and the I-25 Corridor. The snow will mainly melt in the urban areas, but a few inches may accumulate on gassy surfaces over the western and southern suburbs above 6,500 feet.

Tuesday will be another wet and disagreeable day with periods of light showers. Highs will just reach the 40s in Denver again tomorrow — about 20-25 degrees below average. We typically see mid to upper 60s this time of year.

The recent moisture has been a huge benefit for Denver, the Front Range and the eastern plains. At Denver International Airport, the total precipitation since Jan. 1 is nearly 8 inches — about the same amount as in all of 2020! We are now almost 4 inches above normal when it comes to precipitation for this time of year.

The wet weather has put a big dent in the drought conditions over the northeast quarter of Colorado. Western and southern Colorado have not been as fortunate as drought conditions remain quite serious, especially for the northwestern portion of the state.

Wednesday will still be a little cool with highs in the 50s and a few showers. Thursday will be warm and dry with middle 70s.

Temperatures will stay in the upper 60s to mid-70s for the weekend, but there will be some scattered afternoon thunderstorms possible each day.

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