Midday observations Wednesday show a bit more cloud cover and snow showers over Colorado than predicted this morning. Warm air lifting over the mountains this afternoon will continue isolated snow showers for the remainder of the day, with little accumulation expected. Expect building west winds this evening, with overnight temperatures falling into the low to mid 20s.
High pressure moves overhead on Thursday, pushing daytime temperatures further above seasonal averages. Afternoon highs will climb into the upper 30s to low 40s for most mountain locations, with gusty southwest winds at higher elevations. By Thursday evening, eyes turn towards a broad center of low pressure and deep plume of moisture pushing inland over California.
Mid-range models develop rain showers over western Colorado by sunset, with precipitation spreading into all mountain areas by Friday morning. The rain/snow line looks to be between 10,500-9,500 feet initially, before colder air works into Colorado Friday afternoon.