Record temperatures, powerful winds for Front Range on Thursday

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DENVER -- Powerful winds up to 50 mph and record heat will move into the Denver metro area on Thursday.

A high wind warning is in effect until noon Friday for the mountains, foothills and many locations west of the Interstate 25 corridor. Gusts in those areas could reach 100 mph in the wind-prone areas.

Winds will reach up to 25 mph through the early afternoon, then will ramp up Thursday evening to around 45 mph to 60 mph along the I-25 corridor. Higher gusts will hit the foothills, and gusts up to 80 mph can't be ruled out in the mountains by tonight.

But that's not the only story. A record high temperature is expected this afternoon with a high surpassing the current mark of 71 set in 1930 in the forecast.

It will be mostly sunny with high-level clouds, but the high temperatures and strong winds will ramp up the fire dangers. A red flag warning is in effect for the eastern and southeastern Plains.

Winds will relax and temperatures will cool heading into the weekend. Temperatures will drop into the lower 60s and lows around freezing Friday and Saturday.

There will be lighter winds but it will remain sunny on Saturday with a high in the 60s. A cold front moves in Sunday with more clouds, some wind and highs around 49.

Another cold front with snow arrives Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning, and some light accumulation across the Front Range is possible.

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