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Hurricane-force winds blow across Colorado

Wild winds whip across the state, causing closures and damage
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Posted at 5:42 AM, Apr 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-05 19:48:13-04

A Denver7 Weather Action Day is in effect through 10:30 p.m. as strong winds are impacting most of the state.

A cold front has raced through Colorado on winds gusting over 100 mph in the mountains. This front has been accompanied by 5 to 10 inches of snow for the mountains and a few rain showers for Denver and the Eastern Plains.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for the northern and central mountains until Wednesday at midnight.

The biggest feature of the front has been the powerful winds that have roared from the mountains, through Denver and across eastern Colorado. A high wind warning remains in effect as wind gusts of 50-75 mph are still possible. These winds have caused some power outages and closed several ski resorts as the lifts could not run safely.

Farther to the east, Denver and all of the Eastern Plains have had rain showers, colder temperatures and very strong winds of 40-60 mph, stirring up blowing dust and raising high fire danger.

The really strong winds will subside later tonight and the high wind warnings and fire weather warnings will expire.

Wednesday will be cool and still pretty windy with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s for Denver and the Eastern Plains. The mountains will have lingering snow showers, gusty winds and highs in the middle 30s to lower 40s. Winds will be from the northwest at 20-40 mph, gusting to 50 mph in the mountains.

Thursday will be sunny and milder with highs in the upper 50s and much lighter winds.

Friday will be dry and warmer — perfect for the Rockies home opener at Coors Field with highs in the upper 60s and plenty of sunshine.

Saturday will be mostly sunny and very warm with highs in the low 70s.

On Sunday, a new cold front will arrive, clouds will increase and afternoon showers will be likely. Highs will be cooler — in the middle 50s.

Early next week will be cool and stormy with a good chance for rain Monday and Tuesday and snow for the mountains.

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