DENVER -- Unseasonably warm weather will linger over Colorado for the start of the week thanks to strong area of high pressure.
Temperatures will climb into the mid-to-upper 70s across eastern Colorado on Monday afternoon under plenty of sunshine. The record high for Monday is 81 degrees set in 1930.
Expect highs to hit the 50s and 60s across the high country with increasing cloud cover and breezy conditions.
Tuesday will be warmer, with 80s expected in the Denver metro area. The record for Tuesday is 81 degrees set in 1977.
The near-record highs will be thanks to some strong downsloping winds that will impact the Front Range. These strong winds will increase the fire danger for Tuesday, with a fire weather watch already in effect.
A Pinpoint Weather Alert Day has been issued for Wednesday and Thursday because of rapidly changing conditions.
Changes will start to move in by Wednesday thanks to a cold front. Snow will be possible Wednesday morning in the mountains, with rain as early as the midday hours along the Interstate 25 corridor.
As this cold front moves through the eastern half of the state, rain will transition to a rain and snow mix for the evening drive.
As temperatures drop into the 20s overnight, expect periods of snow to be possible in the metro area and eastern Plains.
Scattered snow showers will continue across the state throughout the afternoon Thursday, coming to an end by the evening.
Accumulation can be expected in the mountains and near the Palmer Divide in Douglas, El Paso and Elbert counties. A trace up to a couple of inches can't be ruled out for the Denver metro area.
The eastern Plains will see the brunt of this storm, with accumulating snow, very strong wind and the possibility of blizzard-like conditions on Wednesday and Thursday.
A few isolated showers will linger for Friday and Saturday as temperatures struggle to rebound.
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