DENVER -- A High Wind Warning was in effect for places west of I-25 until 9 a.m. Friday. Hurricane force winds were possible anywhere in the warning area which includes the western suburbs of Denver, the Foothills and mountains.
A wind gust of 76 miles an hour was recorded near Nederland at about 9 p.m. Thursday.
Wind gusts of 80 miles an hour could be common in the warning area which extended north along the Front Range to the Wyoming border to include Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins.
Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser says the strongest winds should happen between midnight and 3 a.m. Friday.
The rest of metro Denver east of I-25 should expect winds of 35-40 mph.
The strong winds will actually help warm the temperature Friday. Highs are expected to be in the 50s.