Gusty, troublesome winds likely across Colorado Friday

DENVER — When the temperatures jump into the 50s and 60s this time of year — as they are expected to do across the Front Range on Friday — high winds usually come with them.

Friday is not expected to be an exception.

Gusty Chinook winds are expected Friday, with those winds pushing the temperatures along the Front Range and Eastern Plains into the mid 50s. Skies are expected to remain partly cloudy Friday across the Front Range, with winds across I-25 expected to be between 15 and 30 mph.

Winds in the Foothills are expected to be more severe, registering anywhere from 40 to 80 mph. The winds appeared to be most severe Friday morning on U.S. 285 near Kenosha Pass, where 109 mph winds closed the freeway for a 20-mile stretch at 6:45 a.m..

The Mountains can expect snow off and on during most of the day Friday, with 4 to 8 inches possible. The heaviest bands of snow are expected to come down around the Eisenhower Tunnel and up to Steamboat Springs. Mild high temperatures in the 30s and 40s are expected in the high country, as well.

There could also be some rain showers mixing in below 8,000 feet, and those rains are expected to continue into the weekend.

Front Range highs are expected to soar into the 60s on both Saturday and Sunday, with the wind dying down later on Sunday and skies going back to partly cloudy. A cold front is then expected to slide through on Monday, accompanied by possible snow showers.