Warm temps, wind hits the Front Range

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DENVER — Gusty winds sent the temperatures up into the low 60s across the metro area this afternoon.

These warm temperatures aren’t anywhere near the record for this date, however.  To get into the books, Denver’s official high would have to reach 74 degrees.

We last got that warm back in 1986.  Why all this wind?  Blame it on a strong Pacific storm system that’s racing across the western U.S.

This storm is a fairly dry one, however.  Only a small area of the northern mountains will get a few inches of powder as the storm races through.

We’ll feel cooler and more seasonal on Sunday after the storm finishes.  But now the big talk here in the weather forecasting world is whether or not Denver gets any measurable snow with our next weather system, which hits the state on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

So far, we see a healthy helping of snow over most mountain locations on Monday, but only a few snow showers across the eastern plains on Tuesday morning.

But if this storm tracks just a hundred miles further south, we could be easily looking at over 2 inches of snow falling in Denver on Tuesday morning.

If that happens, we will have experienced the snowiest February on record for Denver.  The old record was set in 1912, when we got 22.1 inches of snow.

Just 2 inches of snow on Tuesday will give us 22.2 inches of snow.  It’s going to be close.

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