Windy and warm days ahead of weekend cold front

DENVER -- Wind will be the key for the next 36 hours, resulting in abnormally warm temperatures in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and the foothills on Thursday and Friday.

Highs will reach about 50 degrees on Thursday and surge to 60 degrees on Friday.

The peak of the wind occurs overnight Thursday night into Friday morning. A high wind watch will go into effect for 85 mph gusts in the foothills and the Continental Divide.

The forecast stays dry until early Sunday morning when a cold front arrives, dropping highs significantly.

Highs on Sunday drop into the mid-20s and to the low 20s on Monday.

Temperatures will be about 0 degrees with clear skies on New Year's Eve to ring in 2018.

Light snow might accompany the cold front on Sunday morning. Otherwise, it's going to be a dry stretch for the mountains.

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