Denver weather: Chilly, windy Thursday and possible Halloween snow

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts over 80 mph on Loveland pass Wednesday evening, and breezy conditions could impact much of the area again on Thursday.

According to NWS in Boulder, Denver will have a high of 61 degrees under sunny skies on Thursday. Light snow in the mountains will end mid-morning, bringing in drier air. The dry weather and continued winds will make for elevated fire danger conditions on the plains. Those winds will begin to slow in the evening as temperatures drop to 37 degrees.

Friday will be dry and mild, with a sunny high of 71 degrees. The low will be 38 degrees.

Saturday will start as a good weather day, but a front moving in will halt the high at 66 degrees. Some clouds will replace the clear skies as the sun goes down; the low is forecasted at 35 degrees.

Forecasters say colder weather will be in place by Sunday and will be in the area next week, bringing a chance of snow. It’s too early to tell when the snow could fall, with models uncertain between Sunday and Wednesday. NWS has an early forecast of 45 degrees on Halloween and a chance of showers in the afternoon. Then the trick-or-treat forecast plummets to a low of 27 degrees and a possibility of snow.

Denver’s last white Halloween was in 2002, and the city only has a 12% shot at it, according to historical weather data. In 1972, eight inches of powder fell on costumed humans, while just a few years back in 2016, temperatures touched 79 degrees.

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