Fall to winter in one day? Welcome to Colorado.
Coloradans who washed their cars on Wednesday could very well be scraping snow off their windshields on Thursday afternoon.
The calendar tells us it’s late October, but weather in northeastern Colorado on Wednesday felt more like early September, with afternoon temperatures climbing above 80 degrees in various cities.
In Denver, a new high temperature record for Oct. 25 was set when the mercury hit 84 degrees, National Weather Service meteorologist Russell Danielson said.
Denver’s new record upstaged the previous high for the date — 80 degrees — which was set in 1959, 2007 and 2014.
The current temp of 82° at DIA has set a new record high for 10/25. This breaks the old record of 80° set in 1959, 2007, & 2014. #cowx pic.twitter.com/8trKOQ0vQf
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) October 25, 2017
Sun worshipers who reveled in Wednesday’s weather should brace for a Colorado like dramatic turn in the weather.
The high temperature in Denver on Thursday should top out early in the day at about 48 degrees, according to the weather service, with a chance of rain showers between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. There’s chance of snow showers after 3 p.m. Thursday and by 5 p.m. Denver’s temperature should be at about 36 degrees. The overnight low in the city Thursday should drop to about 22 degrees.
Wednesday’s high temp in Denver to Thursday’s overnight low could be about a 60-degree swing.
Dramatic swings in the weather, however, are not unusual in Colorado, Danielson said.
“We certainly are one of the few places in the world where we get to see a high of 84 and snow 24 hours later,” Danielson said. “It’s not typical for most places.”
Relatively dry air and sunny skies helped to heat up weather locally Wednesday and a cold front out of Canada will drop into the state Thursday putting an end to the record-setting heat wave and bringing a 40 percent chance of precipitation.
On Wednesday, other Front Range cities that experienced above 80 temps included: Akron, Aurora, Boulder, Erie, Fort Morgan, Holyoke, Greeley and Longmont.
As the Canadian cold front moves across northern Colorado Thursday it could bring up to 4 inches of snow to some areas of the foothills and mountains. The Eastern Plains should see less than an inch of snow by Thursday evening and snow showers should clear out Thursday night.
Skies over Denver will be sunny on Friday, but it will still be chilly with a high temperature of 41 degrees, according to the weather service.
Denver’s weather should warm up over the weekend, with a high on Saturday of 53 degrees and a high of 68 on Sunday.
Another storm system is on the way, however, and Denver could see another round of snow showers overnight Monday into Tuesday.