Denver weather: Quiet, cool morning to shift to gray, stormy afternoon

A quiet, cool morning bringing patches of soft blue sky and sunshine Thursday will shift to afternoon gray skies with clouds, rain and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

The high temperature in Denver will be 64 degrees, weather service forecasters said, increasing to 65 degrees on Friday and 74 degrees over the weekend.

Rain likely will begin early Thursday afternoon, intensifying later with thunderstorms and possible bursts of heavy rain. This will create the potential for flooding, especially northwest of metro Denver where fires in 2020 reduced vegetation and favored erosion, forecasters said. Between noon and 9 p.m., flooding may occur on the 326 square-mile Cameron Peak burn scar west of northern Front Range cities, forecasters said.

In Denver, clouds likely will thicken, blotting out the sun, amid rain and scattered thunderstorms. Denver residents also are likely to see scattered rain storms Friday afternoon.

Around western Colorado, meteorologists anticipated temperatures in the 50s with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. The heaviest rain likely will fall over Front Range mountain foothills and high plains, forecasters said.

The weather service on Thursday issued a flood advisory covering far northwestern Colorado, where relatively warm weather has melted mountain snowpack, raising water levels in rivers. Flooding may occur along the Elk River at Milner in Routt County. Weather service officials advised drivers facing flooding to turn around, warning that most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

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