Unseasonably warm first day of winter; 2 systems with snow ahead

DENVER -- A large area of high pressure will dominate the state on Friday, keeping temperatures unseasonably warm on the first day of winter.

Highs on Friday will soar into the low 60s, falling just a few degrees short of the record high of 67 degrees set in 1933 in Denver. The winter solstice arrives at 3:23 p.m.

A few mountain snow showers can't be ruled out during the afternoon and evening. Expect increasing clouds with breezy conditions as a cold front approaches.

A weak front will move through the state on Friday night into Saturday, bringing the risk of snow and slightly cooler temperatures.

Scattered snow showers will hold off until the morning and midday hours in Denver. This is a quick-moving system, as snow showers will diminish by the evening.

The system does not bring high totals to the state, with to 2-8 inches in the mountains and less than 2 inches for the Denver metro area and the Front Range.

Sunshine will return for Sunday as highs return to the mid-40s. It will warm to the low 50s by Monday with increasing clouds.

A stronger system looks to impact the state by Christmas. Snow showers will be possible throughout the day in the mountains.

In Denver, expect dry conditions through majority of the day on Tuesday. Scattered snow showers will be possible late in the evening, continuing into Wednesday.

It is still too early to pinpoint totals, but temperatures look to take a tumble. Expect highs through the second half of next week to stay in the low 30s as snow showers continue Wednesday and Thursday.

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