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Marty’s Saturday Morning Forecast – Warmer Weekend Ahead – 12/21/19

Overview:  The air overhead will warm the next several days, but clouds and residual snow will hold temperatures back a little. Colder air will move over the state as Christmas approaches bringing some snow to mainly the mountain along and west of the Continental Divide.

Today:  The air will be crisp this morning, and for low lying areas or areas that still have significant snow on the ground the air will be slow to warm, but afternoon temperatures should reach the 50s to lower 60s for the plains with 40s to lower 50s over our local mountain areas.

Tonight:  The sky should remain mostly clear until very late when some high clouds may start to stream in from the west. The air shouldn't be quite as cold for many areas with low temperatures in the 20s for most, but the high mountain valleys will again be significantly colder.

Sunday:  The air overhead will continue to warm but we'll likely have more clouds too. High temperatures should reach the 50s and 60s for most areas although a few spots on the far eastern plains could reach the lower 70s.

Extended:  Monday should be mostly cloudy and breezy but still mild with high temperatures in the 50s and 60s for most areas.  Colder air will begin to move over the state starting Tuesday with accumulating snow likely to fall over the mountains along and west of the Continental Divide late Tuesday and Tuesday night. It's possible a few flakes could fall over and near the eastern mountains but it does not appear that accumulating snow is very likely. Christmas Day looks partly cloudy and cool for eastern Colorado with scattered flurries or light snow showers possible over the ski resorts. The end of the week looks to remain chilly with high temperatures in the 30s and 40s for eastern Colorado. We expect occasional snow showers and/or flurries over mainly mountain areas along and west of the Continental Divide although a few flakes could fly over the eastern mountains on occasion as well.

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Marty Venticinque

Marty is a weekend morning meteorologist for KRDO.

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