DENVER -- Temperatures are expected to climb above freezing in Denver for the first time in six days Tuesday, but strong Chinook winds are causing problems in the foothills west of the metro area.
Wind gusts of 30-60 mph are hitting the west side of the metro area from Morrison to west Lakewood, Green Mountain, Genesee, Golden, Boulder to Estes Park.
The wind is expected to relax this afternoon, but blowing snow might create low visibility at times, especially wind-prone areas such as Highway 93 between Golden and Boulder, the Peak to Peak Highway, C-470 and Highway 285.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon for the foothills and west side of the Front Range.
There will be sun in the morning before a cold front moves in later in the day that will increase clouds. But the strong winds will allow temperatures to rise to near 40 degrees, the first time since Wednesday that temperatures will be above freezing in Denver.
The mountains can expect strong winds above treeline with highs only in the teens, especially in Summit and Grand counties.
But temperatures will continue to rise during the week, with highs from 48 to 55 and lots of sunshine through the end of the week.