Cold air arrives throughout weekend to chill New Year’s celebrations

DENVER -- Friday's temperatures in the 60s will drop to the middle 20s for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The cold returns as the wind shifts directions this weekend.

Friday's extreme wind created several issues for travelers and homeowners.

Damage was reported in Boulder County from falling trees, and a semitruck was blown over near Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Some of the peak winds neared 100 mph earlier in the day.

Although the wind will weaken somewhat, it will remain an issue for mountain areas and for drivers between Denver and Vail Pass.

The wind direction will be changing from a warm one to a cold one. Saturday's high will stay in the mid-40s with mid-20s expected Sunday.

There is a chance of freezing rain and snow as the cold air moves in and sticks around, but the chance of either is low.

That low chance is not only for Denver but for the entire state.

By New Year's Eve, temperatures will be steadily dropping through the teens and into the single digits so partygoers will need to be prepared for a cold celebration.

New Year's Day will be chilly but warming temperatures return by Tuesday and Wednesday.