Gusty winds, warm temps lead to high fire danger ahead of strong spring storm

DENVER -- A red flag warning remains in effect for the majority of Colorado as fire danger remains high.

Strong wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph will be possible across the Front Range and Foothills on Thursday.

The strong winds will also keep temperatures well above average, reaching the upper 70s again on Thursday afternoon.

The record high for Thursday in Denver is 79 degrees set in 1976.

Denver reached 79 degrees on Wednesday, 1 degree short of the record high set in 1982 and 1972.

Mountain highs will reach the 40s and 50s, with clouds building in the afternoon when snow showers are possible.

A strong cold front will move through on Friday, causing a drastic drop in temperatures.

Highs will only make it into the low 40s with afternoon snow showers expected in the Denver metro area with blizzard conditions possible on the eastern Plains.

Snow showers will linger through the early-morning hours on Saturday before clearing out.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the central mountains, where totals could reach as high as 3-6 inches from Thursday through early Saturday.

Expect only a light dusting in the Denver metro area, with 1 inch possible for the foothills and eastern Plains.

Conditions look to dry out in time for the weekend, with a mix of sun and clouds expected Saturday and Sunday.

Highs will be in the low 50s on Saturday, jumping back into the mid-60s by Sunday.

The quiet, warm trend looks to continue heading into next week.

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