Colorado Weather: Kenosha Pass Closed, High Winds Expected In Denver Friday
Severe weather conditions caused the closure of U.S. 285 in the mountains Thursday afternoon. This included the 12-mile stretch from Grant to Jefferson including Kenosha Pass.Advertisement
Parts of the Colorado Mountains and the Front Range – including Fort Collins, Georgetown, Colorado Springs and Fairplay – have been issued high wind warning, as reported by Denver Post. Winds are expected to remain high from 8 p.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Friday.
National Weather Service notes that winds could reach an expected speed of 80 miles per hour along the foothills and near the Wyoming border. Mountain areas lying above 8000 feet altitude could experience strong winds. Boulder and Golden are also expected to face strong winds.
As of 9 a.m. Thursday, the temperature in Denver had reached 21 degrees. The temperature started dropping with the arrival of a cold front between 9:30 a.m. and noon, which brought along snow flurries. By 4 p.m., it had reached 12 degrees.
“There won’t be a lot of fanfare with it,” Mike Baker, meteorologist from the National Weather, said. “The snow will be very light.”
In Fort Range, a Chinook wind, having speeds as much as 70 miles per hour in the mountains and 45 to 50 miles per hour in the metro area, could the increase the temperatures by 30 miles per hour. “We’ll be pushing 50 degrees,” he said.
The temperature will increase to reach low-to-mid 50s on Saturday. A decrease of 10 degrees is expected for Sunday.