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High winds and record warmth for Denver

Strong winds ahead of a cold front, showers for the weekend
Red Flag Warning
Posted at 5:46 AM, Apr 21, 2022

Windy, warm and dry weather created extreme fire danger on Friday with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s for Denver and the Eastern Plains.

Some scattered wildfires developed as winds roared at 30-70 mph during the afternoon and relative humidity was extremely low - just in the single digits - desert dry!

A storm system will move into Colorado late Friday into Saturday. This storm should bring 4-8 inches of snow to the northern and central mountains and some rain to Denver and the Eastern Plains late Friday and Saturday.

Unfortunately, the precipitation will be light and scattered for lower elevations, so it will do little to improve the very dry conditions.

The weather will turn colder for the weekend with highs just in the 50s for the Denver area and in the 30s in the mountains. Some snow will continue in the mountains on Sunday, but the weather will just be cool and windy on the plains.

Warm and dry weather will return early next week.

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