Mile High City residents will be transitioning from record-breaking heat in preparation for a sudden blizzard. The city expects daily maximum temperatures to drop by more than 60 degrees from 101 degrees on Saturday to an estimated 37 degrees on Tuesday. Sunday was pretty hot too, with a high of 99.
Strong winds with cold fronts as well as rain and snow are expected on Monday evening, said the National Weather Service (NWS) in Denver / Boulder in a management report.
“A drastic change in weather will take place Monday night and Tuesday, with record or record heat being replaced by wintry conditions, snow, and record cold,”
; NWS said. “Expect significant snow build-ups in the Front Range Mountains and Foothills, while slushy, wet snowfall may also fall in the greater Denver area and I-25 corridor early Tuesday morning.”
Temperatures in Denver were around 90 ° C at 2 p.m. on Monday before dropping Monday night through Tuesday morning. A low of 35 degrees is forecast for Monday evening.
A drop of nearly 60 degrees is historic for a city where such fluctuations are not uncommon. Denver needs a 61-degree drop to break into the top 5 records in the city’s weather history.
While temperatures continued to rise over the Labor Day weekend, hot temperatures, arid conditions and gusty winds created critical fire warnings, forced evacuations and closed the main road through Rocky Mountain National Park.
As of Monday, the hot weather accelerated fire growth at Cameron Peak to 89,312 acres with 4% containment, according to the United States Forest Service (USFS).
Until the cold front hits the area on Monday evening, many mountains in Colorado are very warm and there is a critical fire risk.
The snowfall – which is projected to be 8-14 inches – can suppress the Cameron Peak fire or put it out completely.