February 17, 2016 Weather Discussion

A Pacific storm system will bring moisture to locations west of the Continental Divide on Thursday with dry but windy conditions expected along the Front Range Foothills. After a brief respite from strong and damaging winds today, the Chinooks will be blowing in full force by Thursday evening with gusts possibly reaching 70 mph in some locations. This wind event should be shorter lived than the one earlier this week with winds diminishing significantly on Friday. Overall, a dry weather pattern will remain in place along the Foothills and northeast plains into early next week. A cold front will sag southward into Northern Colorado on Sunday, cooling temperatures to near seasonable levels early next week. This cool down will be short-lived as the warm ridge rebuilds itself over the Western US next week. For snow lovers, the February doldrums will continue into the end of this month.

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