Chilly Tuesday morning, but much warmer by the afternoon

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DENVER -- While the snow in the Colorado mountains over the weekend didn't last long, the rain and snow showers early Monday in Denver and along the Front Range were much needed.

Tuesday morning will start dry and near freezing. Some areas will have fog in the morning.

A slow warmup will take temperatures into the 60s by lunch. The 70s will hold off until very late in the afternoon.

It will be warm and windy on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Temperatures will jump into the 70s on Tuesday and could approach 80 degrees on by midweek.

Record highs will be in reach. Wednesday's record high is 80 degrees set in 1982 and Thursday's high of 79 degrees was set in 1976.

There's another chance of mountain snow and rain showers for eastern Colorado on Friday with a cold front.

Expect temperatures to dip to about 50 degrees in the metro area before warming again late in the weekend and early next week.

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We're tracking weather today on FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News -- and when conditions are bad we send out the Weather Beast.

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