Denver weather: Fog in the city, fire danger along Front Range and snow in the mountains

Fog wafted across metro Denver Thursday morning,  reducing visibility on roads and at Denver International Airport, ahead of spring-like conditions that weather service forecasters predicted would include sunny blue skies and a strong breeze.

The high temperature will reach 67 degrees today, according to the National Weather Service. Wind blowing at a speed of 26 miles per hour may gust as fast as 40 mph, weather service forecasters said. Sunny skies are expected on Friday, too.

The fog, hanging heaviest in low areas such as the South Platte River Valley, was expected to lift before noon.

Colorado residents along the urban Front Range also faced fire dangers Thursday and Friday due to dry conditions and the wind. Weather service forecasters issued red flag fire danger warnings, effective after 11 a.m., for Thursday and Friday, covering metro Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the southeastern plains.

In western Colorado, a winter weather advisory remained in effect for the north-central mountains west of Denver with as much as 18 inches of snow expected in some areas. This could lead to ice on roads.

Starting late Thursday, snow was expected to increase in the high mountains, bringing as much as 18 inches to the Park Range. Wind gusting at speeds up to 50 mph could create slick, icy roads and difficult driving conditions, and weather service forecasters issued a winter weather advisory in effect until Friday evening.

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