It could be 76 on Friday and snowing on Saturday in Denver

A Denver skyline, seen from Green Mountain. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Wow. We’re looking at breezy winds and a high of 70 degrees in Denver today, according to the National Weather Service.

Tomorrow might be even warmer at an incredible 76 degrees. That’s more than 30 degrees above the temperature normal for February and 5 degrees above the record set in 1934.

This above-average heat and wind has elevated the fire danger near the base of the foothills and over the Palmer Divide, according to NWS. Winds at higher elevations could hit 80 mph tonight.

On Saturday, though, Denver temperatures are expected to drop to 57, with a significant chance of rain and snow on Saturday night in Denver.

Here’s how Weather5280 described the potential snow event this Saturday:

The best chance for accumulating snow looks to be west and southwest of Denver, with the Palmer Divide needing to keep an eye on the Saturday/Sunday time frame, as well as a bit better chance for snow south toward Colorado Springs as well.

Crazy weather, in other words.

Meanwhile, the mountains:

Most of the central mountains got several inches of mid-week snow. A storm on Friday through Sunday could bring 5 to 10 inches to most ski mountains in Colorado, as OpenSnow forecasted. Southern mountains could get the most.

Andrew Kenney

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