Strong winds push cold air east, warms Denver by more than 40 degrees

DENVER -- Strong winds on Wednesday pushed the cold air to the east and warmed the metro area by some 40 degrees compared to Tuesday's highs near 10.

The wind was strong near Boulder and areas west of Denver. An 83 mph wind gust was recorded just west of Boulder into the canyon.

That wind was able to push cold air to the east. Temperatures surged by 40 degrees from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon.

The wind will continue through Thursday and that will mean another warm day. The morning temperatures will be much warmer, in the 20s, and the afternoon highs will return to the upper 40s and lower 50s.

Meanwhile, the mountains will have some isolated snow showers overnight on the highest peaks. Accumulation will be limited to the highest spots and will be relatively light.

A weekend system will bring snow chances back to the metro area. On Saturday into Sunday, another push of cold air will arrive and that might squeeze out some snowfall for New Year's Eve.

New Year's Day will be chilly with a chance of snow.

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