After a few days of relatively mild and dry weather, winter will return to much of Colorado on Wednesday and Thursday. Here in the Front Range Foothills, a cold front will push southward on Wednesday morning. Behind this front, weak upslope easterly winds combined with lift from an approaching upper level storm system in the Great Basin will result in a period of snowfall. This snow will begin early Wednesday afternoon and continue into Thursday night. At this time, accumulations appear to be on the light side in and around Nederland, generally in the 4 to 6 inch range although some isolated amounts of 6-8 inches are possible in some locations between the Peak to Peak Highway and Boulder. Rapidly dropping temperatures will cause wet and slush covered roadways to freeze especially towards evening. This will make the evening drive home tough, definitely one to remember. Expect Boulder Canyon, Coal Creek Canyon, Cold Creek Canyon, and Left Hand Canyon to be slick and leave yourself plenty of time to get home.
Temperatures on Wednesday night will be near 0 F, a frigid reminder that winter is still with us. This shot of cold air will be short-lived. Temperatures will moderate to near seasonal levels by the weekend when highs are expected to be in the low to mid 30s F with lows in the teens. At this time, it appear that the end of the week will be dry.