KUSA - Record-high temperatures hit the metro area Wednesday before a cold front sweeps in and cools us off by more than 20 degrees Thursday, according to the Colorado weather forecast.
A mountain wave cloud hanging out over the Denver metro area kept temperatures very warm Wednesday morning. The cloud will gradually move east, leaving sunshine and a southwesterly breeze to warm temperatures up quickly.
The record high for Dec. 12 was 66 degrees, last set in 1979 and in 1917. Around 1 p.m., Denver International Airport measured at 67 degrees, breaking the record.
On Wednesday, sunshine will continue through the afternoon, but by Wednesday night, clouds will roll back in.
A cold front moving into the state from the northwest will bring snow, first, to the high country. There are no Winter Weather Advisories in effect at this time, but mountain areas north of Interstate 70 could see a few inches fall by Thursday afternoon.
Behind the cold front is a temperature drop of at least 20 degrees. That will put daytime highs back to seasonal averages, in the low 40s for several days, beginning Thursday.
Any snow that falls in the Denver metro area, and along the Front Range will come Friday and will be minimal. Less than a quarter of an inch of accumulation is possible.
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