August snow in Colorado? |

August snow in Colorado?

Alan Gathright
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” Snow in August!

A cold front arriving Thursday could drop some winter-like frosting above 10,000 feet along and east of the Continental Divide, including parts of Rocky Mountain National Park, early Friday morning and night.

Around the metro area, Friday may be rainy with a high predicted to plummet to a record-low high of 61 degrees ” that’s 26 degrees below the normal high of 87 degrees for mid-August.

The previous record minimum high temperature for Aug. 15 was 69 degrees in 1933, according to the National Weather Service.

“That will be a significant cool-off,” said Bob Koopmeiners of the National Weather Service in Boulder.

So, enjoy the toasty weather today ” a high near 91.

But be on the lookout: The urban corridor could face some severe thunderstorms packing large hail and damaging winds this afternoon and evening.

The likelihood of rain rises Thursday to 50 percent by nighttime. The high will slip to 81 degrees.

Then it will get chilly, wet and windy Friday ” with a 60 percent chance of rain and gusts up to 20 mph.

This weekend will be cool with possible showers and highs in the upper 60s Saturday and low 70s Sunday.

Don’t despair. The sun will shine Monday and Tuesday with highs in the low 80s.

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