DENVER (CBS4) – Very gusty westerly winds over the higher peaks and mountain passes west of Denver will trickle into the subway region on Monday, allowing temperatures to rise well into the lower 1970s. Then the wind blows abruptly north on Monday evening and it is likely that snow will fall on Monday evening.
The gradient effect caused by the westerly wind along the Front Range could bring the warmest air of the year so far. The warmest temperature Denver has experienced in 2021 was 70 degrees on March 7th. The city should reach at least 71 degrees on Monday afternoon.
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Meanwhile, the wind responsible for the great warm-up could gust up to 45 miles per hour east of I-25 and up to 60 miles per hour west of I-25.
In the foothills and mountains east of the Vail Pass, stronger gusts of wind are likely to occur. A strong wind warning applies until Monday evening for gusts of up to 120 km / h over the higher peaks and mountain passes such as Loveland, Berthoud and the I-70 approaching the Eisenhower Tunnel. A warning also applies to the I-25 corridor south of Monument Hill until 6:00 p.m. Monday.
In the southeast of Colorado, the gusty wind and low humidity contribute to a high risk of fire. For cities like Fort Morgan, Sterling, Limon, Burlington, Pueblo, La Junta, Lamar, Walsenburg and Springfield, a red flag warning applies until 8:00 p.m. on Monday.
A cold front that was in western Wyoming early Monday morning will reach Denver and the Front Range in the evening. Once the front is over, the winds will immediately shift northwest and temperatures will drop rapidly. The subway area should be below freezing by midnight. The snow should also start around midnight, but not last long, and therefore the accumulation should be relatively small.
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Most of the Denver and Boulder neighborhoods shouldn’t get more than an inch or two of snow, mostly on the grass. Locations in the lower foothills (up to about 7,500 feet) can easily get up to 3 inches of snow, while areas above 7,500 feet will likely see 3-6 inches of snow.
Most of the accumulation ends early Tuesday morning, but additional snow is possible well into the early afternoon. It is possible that the Palmer Divide in Counties Douglas and Elbert could still have a few snow showers at 5 p.m.
As of Monday morning, Denver officially received 32.5 inches of snow this month, a tie with March 1944 for the second snowiest March ever. In first place is March 2003 when 35.2 inches was recorded. So it would take only 2.7 inches of snow Monday night through March 2021 to hit the snowiest March ever recorded.
The sky will be clear on Tuesday evening, so that on Wednesday morning there will be clear skies and cool temperatures again. Additional storms are not expected to hit near Colorado for at least a week, and possibly much longer. It will be a long stretch with clear skies and warmer than normal temperatures starting later this week.
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