Record high shattered ahead of cold front to drop temperatures 30 degrees

DENVER -- High temperatures soared into the upper 70s and lower 80s in Denver and across the Front Range on Monday.

The daily record high of 74 set in 1903 and 1950 was shattered when Denver International Airport, the official recording station for the city, hit 81 at 12:56 pm.

And the all-time monthly record high of 80, set on Nov. 8, 2006, and Nov. 16, 2016, also was bested.

It was the classic warm before the storm ahead of a cold front that is pressing in from the northwest.

This will force the downsloping, warming wind to increase out of the southwest to 15-35 mph. Mountain wind will gust up to 80 mph above treeline.

There will be 0-3 inches of snow in the mountains overnight into Tuesday morning. That might cross the Front Range as a light rain/snow mix for the Tuesday morning rush hour.

Then it moves away quickly. Highs on Tuesday drop at least 30 degrees into the 40s for Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins.

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