Denver weather: Rain, strong winds move in Tuesday

Some much-needed moisture could be headed our way on Tuesday as a thirsty will cool slightly from a near-record high on Monday.

According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Tuesday will be an active weather day across Colorado. Denver should reach a high of 70 degrees with winds gusting near 35 mph. While initially partly cloudy, a 50% chance of precipitation comes into the picture after lunchtime. The chance of rain lasts into the night when temperatures will dip to 36 degrees.

There are also critical fire danger conditions out on the plains due to the warm, dry and windy weather. While the mountains will start to see snow in the morning that lasts through the evening. The highest snow totals should be in the Park and Gore ranges. Slick conditions are possible in the high country.

Denver badly needs some rain on Tuesday; the city has only officially received 1.78 inches since June 1, as measured at the airport. At a Central Park measuring station, rainfall has been recorded at 3.08 inches since June 1, still dry enough to put Denver into drought conditions.

The wind will hang around into Wednesday, with gusts again near 35 mph. Denver should hit a high of 58 degrees under the sun before cooling to 32 degrees overnight.

Thursday is expected to be sunny as the mercury rises to 63 degrees and falls to 36 degrees at night.

Friday and Saturday could have highs in the 70s.

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